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  • September 16, 2019

    Yola announced that her Walk Through Fire World Tour returns to North America in early 2020 for two months of shows. The newly announced run begins in Cambridge on January 7 and includes shows in DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, and more. The shows follow a busy autumn of US headline shows and festival sets, a performance with Kacey Musgraves at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and a tour of the UK and Europe. Additionally, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will host a special conversation and performance with Yola on October 16. 

  • September 12, 2019

    Kudos to Rhiannon Giddens, Yola, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris "Critter" Eldridge on a wonderful night of music and words at the Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman in Nashville last night. Giddens received the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award, made a beautiful speech honoring posthumous recipient Frank Johnson, and gave a haunting performance of "Wayfaring Stranger" with Francesco Turrisi. Yola, introduced by Dan Auerbach, brought the house down singing "Faraway Look." And Eldridge took home the award for Instrumentalist of the Year. Tune in to a special episode of Austin City Limits on November 23 with performance highlights from the evening.

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  • British rising star Yola's debut solo album, Walk Through Fire, produced by The Black Keys' eight-time Grammy Award winner Dan Auerbach, will be released on February 22, 2019, on Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label, distributed by Nonesuch Records.

    Yola has blazed her own trail with a passion for the soul and country music she loves. Walk Through Fire is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars, it provides the perfect soundtrack to Yola's arresting vocals, which first came to the attention of Auerbach after a friend sent him a video of Yola performing in Nashville.

    "The moment I met Yola I was impressed," says Auerbach. "Her spirit fills the room, just like her voice … she has the ability to sing in a full roar or barely a whisper and that is a true gift. She made everyone in the studio an instant believer."

    Videos for two songs from the forthcoming album, "Faraway Look" and "Ride Out in the Country," can be seen here:

    Hailing from a small town outside Bristol in the UK, Yola grew up in poverty with an unsupportive parent who "banned" her from making any music. She later became homeless, living on the streets of London and also experienced stress-induced voice loss.

    Yola overcame these challenges to launch a successful sideline in writing, performing on pop hits and briefly joined British band Massive Attack. She was also the main writer and front woman in Phantom Limb, opening for artists including James Brown and Dr. John before pursuing her solo career in 2016. She quickly made her mark in the US with her vocal powers and innovative songwriting winning early supporters, including Rolling Stone Country, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum, NPR and The Current's Bill DeVille, who stated, "She's a powerhouse of a singer: she's part Southern soul, she's part gospel and she's completely amazing. You'll want to remember her name: Yola."

    Written and recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, Walk Through Fire is a truly collaborative record. It was written in the studio by Yola and Auerbach with contributions from songwriting legends who between them have written songs for artists from Glen Campbell to Aretha Franklin. Auerbach also assembled his Easy Eye Sound all-star house band composed of legendary session players. Musicians who performed on the record include bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) as well as drummer Gene Chrisman and pianist Bobby Wood who played on hits by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley. Guest performers include up-and-comer Molly Tuttle and country music icon Vince Gill.

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Sun, Sep 22
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Sun, Sep 22
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Thu, Sep 26
Memphis, TN
Levitt Shell
Thu, Sep 26
Memphis, TN
Levitt Shell
Fri, Sep 27
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Fri, Sep 27
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Sat, Sep 28
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Sat, Sep 28
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Sat, Oct 5
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Sat, Oct 5
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Sun, Oct 13
Austin, TX
Zilker Park
Sun, Oct 13
Austin, TX
Zilker Park
Wed, Oct 16
Los Angeles, CA
Grammy Museum LA
Wed, Oct 16
Los Angeles, CA
Grammy Museum LA
Fri, Oct 25
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Fri, Oct 25
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Sun, Nov 3
Leeds
Leeds O2 Academy
Sun, Nov 3
Leeds
Leeds O2 Academy
Mon, Nov 4
Dublin
Olympia
Mon, Nov 4
Dublin
Olympia
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Walk Through Fire, the debut album from Yola, establishes her as a country soul queen from the first note. The Dan Auerbach–produced album puts a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. Walk Through Fire is a genre-bending release from an artist whose arresting vocals captivate with sincere tales of heartache and loves lost, forgotten, and broken.

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British rising star Yola's debut solo album, Walk Through Fire, produced by The Black Keys' eight-time Grammy Award winner Dan Auerbach, will be released on February 22, 2019, on Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label, distributed by Nonesuch Records.

Yola has blazed her own trail with a passion for the soul and country music she loves. Walk Through Fire is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars, it provides the perfect soundtrack to Yola's arresting vocals, which first came to the attention of Auerbach after a friend sent him a video of Yola performing in Nashville.

"The moment I met Yola I was impressed," says Auerbach. "Her spirit fills the room, just like her voice … she has the ability to sing in a full roar or barely a whisper and that is a true gift. She made everyone in the studio an instant believer."

Videos for two songs from the forthcoming album, "Faraway Look" and "Ride Out in the Country," can be seen here:

Hailing from a small town outside Bristol in the UK, Yola grew up in poverty with an unsupportive parent who "banned" her from making any music. She later became homeless, living on the streets of London and also experienced stress-induced voice loss.

Yola overcame these challenges to launch a successful sideline in writing, performing on pop hits and briefly joined British band Massive Attack. She was also the main writer and front woman in Phantom Limb, opening for artists including James Brown and Dr. John before pursuing her solo career in 2016. She quickly made her mark in the US with her vocal powers and innovative songwriting winning early supporters, including Rolling Stone Country, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum, NPR and The Current's Bill DeVille, who stated, "She's a powerhouse of a singer: she's part Southern soul, she's part gospel and she's completely amazing. You'll want to remember her name: Yola."

Written and recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, Walk Through Fire is a truly collaborative record. It was written in the studio by Yola and Auerbach with contributions from songwriting legends who between them have written songs for artists from Glen Campbell to Aretha Franklin. Auerbach also assembled his Easy Eye Sound all-star house band composed of legendary session players. Musicians who performed on the record include bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) as well as drummer Gene Chrisman and pianist Bobby Wood who played on hits by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley. Guest performers include up-and-comer Molly Tuttle and country music icon Vince Gill.

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Tour

Sun, Sep 22
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Sun, Sep 22
Bloomington, IN
Bluebird Nightclub
Thu, Sep 26
Memphis, TN
Levitt Shell
Thu, Sep 26
Memphis, TN
Levitt Shell
Fri, Sep 27
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Fri, Sep 27
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Sat, Sep 28
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Sat, Sep 28
New Orleans, LA
The Fillmore
Sat, Oct 5
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Sat, Oct 5
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Sun, Oct 13
Austin, TX
Zilker Park
Sun, Oct 13
Austin, TX
Zilker Park
Wed, Oct 16
Los Angeles, CA
Grammy Museum LA
Wed, Oct 16
Los Angeles, CA
Grammy Museum LA
Fri, Oct 25
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Fri, Oct 25
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Sun, Nov 3
Leeds
Leeds O2 Academy
Sun, Nov 3
Leeds
Leeds O2 Academy
Mon, Nov 4
Dublin
Olympia
Mon, Nov 4
Dublin
Olympia
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