Missy Higgins – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – May 25th, 2016

Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins

Billy Raffoul

Wed · May 25, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$22.50 SRO - $30 Reserved + Fees

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Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins
Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has enjoyed phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies and ‘arrow through the heart’ lyrics, delivered by a striking voice that clearly means it.
After touring the globe with her undeniable songs and unforgettable live performances, Missy’shighly acclaimed albums The Sound Of White (Album Of The Year featuring the hit singles “Scar” and “Ten Days”), On A Clear Night (featuring North American top 20 airplay hit “Where I Stood” and “Steer”) and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (#1 album featuring “Everyone’s Waiting” and “Hello Hello”) have sold over two millions albums and singles globally.
Missy has appeared on the cover of Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine twice and is a three-time chart topper and multiple ARIA Award winner (Australia’s Grammys).
After seven years of touring and recording, Missy quietly took a break from music in 2009 to pursue other interests including a course in indigenous studies. She also made her acting debut in Australian film, ‘Bran Nue Dae’.
In 2011, Missy’s love of music lead her back to the studio when she set up in Nashville to record her first new songs in five years with local producer Brad Jones and co-producer Butterfly Boucher. Those recordings became The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Missy’s third #1 studio album in her homeland which despite the five year wait, became the most acclaimed work of Missy’s extraordinary career.
The breakup album with a difference, chronicling the much loved singer’s estrangement – and eventual rapprochement – with music making, spent over three months in the Australian top 10 after its mid 2012 release and became Missy’s first release to make the Billboard 200 in America.
In September 2014, Missy released her fourth studio album OZ, an eclectic mix of Aussie cover versions also accompanied by a quirky book of related essays. The album received rave reviews on release and in the accompanying OZ book, Missy uses each of the recordings as the starting point for a sprawling series of essays; reflecting on life, love, music and much more.
Missy recently announced her first tour since the birth of her beautiful baby boy last year. Missy will perform a select series of special concerts in early 2016, including a one-off performance at the iconic Hamer Hall in Melbourne along with two shows at Twilight at Taronga concert series in Sydney which sold out in minutes of going on sale. Missy will also headline the inaugural Skyfields event in northern Tasmania accompanied by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
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Billy Raffoul
Billy Raffoul
When Billy Raffoul was twelve years old, a couple hundred residents of his Canadian hometown, Leamington, ON, piled into “four or five Greyhounds,” he remembers, and headed east. They were on their way to Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ, to see Billy’s dad, Jody Raffoul, open up for Bon Jovi in front of tens of thousands of crazed fans. “That was just kind of next level,” Billy, now 21, summarizes with a chuckle. “Growing up, my dad was a hometown hero.” The elder Raffoul has toured with everyone from Joe Cocker to Jeff Beck. “You know, big time rock and roll voices,” Billy says. “I remember when I was going to school people were like, ‘Your dad is Jody, right? Wow, I can’t believe that!’ He’d be signing autographs at the school and stuff.” It’s a role Billy, who will soon release his debut album, inherited and one he cherishes. “In the grand scheme of things, Leamington is not a very big place, but everyone knew who my dad was. There was a little army behind him,” Billy recalls. “They were right behind him and now they’re right behind me. It’s really cool.”

The Son of an artist/writer mother and a musician father provided the early framework for what he was to come. “My mom’s canvases hang in galleries all through Canada.” Dad would regale them with stories of the road life. “He went through the whole I’m dropping out of high school and becoming a musician thing. He fought all those battles for me. And he showed me this was really possible. That gave me a lot of confidence.”

He’d always been a big Springsteen fan. “Growing up listening to him, I wanted to sing about grand dreams and hustling in the big city, but I’m from a very small farming town so doing that would kind of seem like a lie.” And yet, the primal quality of Springsteen’s work is exactly what informs and distinguishes Billy’s signature sound – a kind of elegiac, but rough, low-timbered rock and roll, with nods to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Neil Young, and Joe Cocker. “That’s one thing for me - it needs to be something I’ve experienced or something someone close to me is going through,” he says of his sources of inspiration. “I find myself going back to little moments of time from the past, picking apart these little experiences and building them into bigger things. I want people to know that the songs are genuine, that they've been lived in.”

His parents would tell you Billy’s always been like this. “They’d say I wrote my first song when I was five years old.” But in his memory it all began a few years later, when he was in middle school. He started teaching himself to play guitar and by sixteen, Billy bought his first real guitar. “It was a 1968 Gibson Les Paul - Black Beauty. It’s the same model and same year as the only one Jimi Hendricks was ever photographed playing. There’s a lot of mystique around this thing.” His first paying gig came a year later, playing to long haul drivers at a local truckstop.

It was good timing. “We were having some ups and downs with our family,” Billy remembers. "We all had some demons to overcome." That, plus going through what he calls "that first heartbreak of those teenage years” provided plenty of material. “I was really looking for an outlet and I got one,” Billy recalls. “For the next three or four years I just put everything into it, playing out four and five nights a week in bars from Leamington to Detroit and back.”

Every so often he would get a gig singing demos for hire. “Just getting paid hourly to be the vocalist,” Billy explains. “One day I went into the studio to sing on these Kid Rock demos. Those guys heard my voice in the booth. They said, 'hey do you have any original stuff?' they pulled me out of the booth and I just played for them acoustic, two original songs. They took an iphone video and sent that video to my manager Ken Levitan,” who used to work with Kid Rock and a couple of guys at record labels. "The next day we drove down to Nashville.”

That’s where he’s been ever since, a member of the city’s transplant rock scene that includes the Black Keys, the Kings of Leon, and of course Jack White, an early hero of Billy’s. “There’s definitely a big rock and roll presence down here,” he says. Over the last few years, in between playing shows, Billy has been collaborating with other songwriters and slowly but surely assembling his debut. “Since it’s my first record it feels like I’ve been writing it my whole life,” he jokes, “but realistically it’s been about three or four years.” Some songs, like the plaintive, nostalgia-drenched piano and acoustic guitar driven “1975,” include bits and pieces written back when Billy was a teenager. “Everyone thinks that song is about me – until they realize I am not old enough to have been around in 1975 and then they get confused,” he says laughing. “Long story short, it’s actually about my mom. She had a rough upbringing and this one person really made it a lot easier for her. I probably wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for this person.”

Others, like the slow-burn, heartrending warmth of “I Can’t Love You Anymore,” were pulled mostly from Billy’s post-high life. “Ah yes,” he says of that track. “Unrequited love. Everyone has been on both sides of that equation. And they both suck.” Yet other tracks are brand new, a product of the singer’s current life in Nashville as a member of the city’s larger musical community. “’Reputation’ is a fairly new one,” Billy says, referring to one of the moodiest and most attention grabbing tracks on the record with one of a few songs he’s written.

Billy Raffoul is all about exploration, of new sounds, new cities – “I want to tour and see the world,” he says, and new opportunities. But at the end of the day, he’s here for one reason: “I’m putting everything into this record," he says. "But I want to build my career on the live show. I want to be a true working musician." He knows that makes him sound like a traditionalist, and he's fine with that. "It’s more of the old school way of doing things," he says. "But I think that even in this ever changing music business there will always be a thirst for live performance and that’s what I want to do. That’s always been the goal. Connect with people, one room at a time.”
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