Lucky Strike + Lowlands
Lowlands are a rock band formed by British singer songwriter Edward Abbiati and currently based in Pavia, Italy. Hard to pigeonhole their eclectic sound, LOWLANDS have been compared to such diverse groups as Wilco, Whiskeytown, Soul Asylum and Green On Red. “Roots on the inside and Grunge on the outside” a French reviewer once wrote. A powerful and eclectic mix of violin, electric & acoustic guitars, piano, accordion, pounding drums and bass.
LOWLANDS BROKE onto the European roots rock scene in 2008 with their debut album “The Last Call”, which had been written in London and recorded in Italy. Gathering strong reviews from around the world (9/10Americana UK, 4**** Maverick Magazine). The record was a Top 10 seller on the Miles of Music Portal and made the International Top 50 Roots Music Report as well as being tipped on the Euro Americana Charts on various occasions.
DURING THE subsequent two years Lowlands have toured extensively at home and abroad, playing clubs, small theatres and festivals. In 2009 the band released “EP Vol.1”, comprising of five tracks, including an astonishing cover of the GOURDS song that gave the band its name. Reactions were once again very positive (5***** from Music Review Unsigned, 4**** from Maverick and Record of the Month for Italy’s main Rock Magazine Buscadero).
THEIR LATEST release, “Gypsy Child” was released in September 2010 and the record updates the band’s sound, reflecting the powerful exuberance of their live shows. With loving help from friends such as MIKE “SLO MO” BRENNER (Marah, Magnolia Electric Co. Badly Drawn Boy) on Lap Steel, JOEY HUFFMAN (Soul Asylum) on Hammond, RICHARD HUNTER on Harmonica and CHRIS CACAVAS (Green on Red, Giant Sand, Steve Wynn) singing, playing and mixing his heart out, LOWLANDS have made their most honest and ambitious record to date. The record boasts two fine duets in the subtle and beautiful “Blow Blue Wind Blow” with the wonderful AMANDA SHIRES (also on fiddle), and the seismic “Gotta Be” with the brilliant TIM ROGERS (You Am I), who also co-wrote the lyrics to the song. Represented for their European bookings by JOANNA SERRARIS in Holland (www.musemix.com), LOWLANDS toured the record in Europe throughout 2010 and 2011 and are currently working on new material. New album expected to be released in 2012.