It's only fitting that we wrap up a great year of High Tea with a bang, and in style. So we're more than a little excited that Son Little will be joining us next week as part of his debut visit to Australia.
Off the back of a successful North American tour and a huge run of shows supporting Leon Bridges, Son Little is in Australia in support of his self-titled debut album which he released in October 2015. The record is, in its purest form, quintessentially American music, described by Rhythms Magazine as “a striking gust of fresh air with one foot in the past, the other striding bravely into the future“.
“Livingston’s voice is captivating, somehow finding common ground between growling holler and sweet croon, an emotional device as much as a musical instrument” proclaimed RollingStone Australia when describing Son Little (AKA Aaron Livingston), while The New York Times said of his live show, “The music had roots, but wasn’t looking back.”
Born to a preacher and a teacher in Los Angeles, where he learned how to listen and how to play before moving east to New York and New Jersey. Son Little dropped in and out of schools and scenes in Manhattan and then Philadelphia, where he collaborated with both The Roots and RJD2. The songs on Son Little draw inspiration from the diaspora of American music to create something both familiar, recalling the warm vinyl of a beloved classic, while sonically rooted – with it’s staccato beats, echoing guitars and rumbling bass.
“Son Little’s self-titled debut album is nu-soul, not neo-soul, and the distinction is drastic. Little doesn’t strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new.” – NPR
“A potent collection of soulful new Americana” – Noisey
Aaron will be joined on the night by the brilliant Caiti Baker, who's supporting him on his Australian tour. Caiti was born into a household filled with vinyl, CDs and tapes of blues, soul, gospel, jazz, big band and rock & roll, and raised on the sounds that birthed popular music. And she's soon to release her new music onto the masses - personally, we can't wait!
BYO alcohol, Tea however is provided!
Tickets are $10 on entry.
High Tea is a not for profit evening of music presented in a candlelit warehouse in Surry Hills, Sydney.