Riley Downing (of The Deslondes) w/ Kassi Valazza & Tommy Alexander **Ticketed Show**

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Riley Downing (of The Deslondes) w/ Kassi Valazza & Tommy Alexander **Ticketed Show**

Tickets are $15 in advance through Ticket Tomato, and $20 at the door.
This show will be indoors…

Riley Downing of The Deslondes has announced his first ever West Coast tour in support of his solo debut Start It Over. The 19-date trek will kick off on October 12th in Denver, CO and all dates will be supported by Kassi Valazza. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, July 1st at 9am PDT. Please see all dates below.

Downing’s Start It Over was co-produced by Andrijia Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) & John James Tourville of the Deslondes. In addition to Tokic and Tourville, Downing is joined by an incredible backing band including Jack Lawrence of the Raconteurs as well as session players for the likes of Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, Jason Isbell, Blaze Foley, Yola, and more. Start It Over was met with critical acclaim with Uncut Magazine in the U.K. describing Downing’s voice as “…like Johnny Cash with a hangover,” and exclaiming “His brain…is abuzz with sounds and ideas, which makes his solo debut a thrill.” No Depression said “No matter how well Start It Over fits into the current realities of the world — and it does — Downing’s voice and lyrics will continue speaking for generations to come, and in one way or another will keep conjuring memories of bygone eras” and in their 8 out of 10 Star Review, Holler stated “Once you’re on board with Downing’s elusive, often entrancing vibe, you’ll wonder why it took a pandemic for him to hit center stage.”

Hailed as “burgeoning stars” by The New York Times, The Deslondes’ singular sound mixed the gritty folk and country of old Alan Lomax field recordings with the electrified soul of early Stax and Sun Records. The group’s 2014 self-titled debut was a breakout hit, praised by NPR as “energized, elegant and new,” and their follow-up, Hurry Home, earned similar acclaim with Rolling Stone calling it “a gritty, grimy mix of early rock ‘n’ roll and lo-fi R&B.”

Downing’s ability to set gripping, evocative narratives within soundscapes that weave together country, blues, folk, R&B, bluegrass, rock, soul and whatever else catches his ear is something that, once you hear it, is hard to shake free from. Same goes for his voice — deep, dusty, and drawling, it’s an instrument that can stop you in your tracks with its character and expressiveness, as well as through his knack for laying out complex emotions in plainspoken, direct language. Start It Over reflects the mingling of past and present, traditional and unusual, that has long characterized Downing’s musical makeup. Joy comes through loud and clear on the album, which, even in its most serious and somber moments — and also given the fact that it was recorded during the pandemic — radiates with a sincere appreciation for life and living in the here and now.

October 22 2021


Date: October 22
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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