5 Apr 09
If you’re not heading to any of Eric Clapton’s spring dates in Ireland or England, here’s a chance to see the Arc Angels before then in New York City! The Arc Angels – Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton and Chris Layton – will perform at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Friday, 8 May 2009 at 8:30PM. Tickets are $35 (general admission) and available from www.irvingplaza.com.
Brahmhall is well-known to Eric Clapton’s fans having collaborated with him in the studio since 2000. As a solo artist, he supported EC on numerous dates in 2001 and was an integral part of Clapton’s band from 2004 until March 2009.
Official Press Release:
The Arc Angels are an institution on the eclectic Austin music scene, adoring fans have always considered the Arc Angels to be the stuff of myth and legend – aband born from extraordinary musical talents working together through a time of crisis to create something bigger than themselves.
Founded at the Austin Rehearsal Center (ARC), four huge talents created a band that was only ever meant to have fun jamming when they were not on tour with their friend, colleague and musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. But, Vaughan’s tragic and untimely death shocked the world and changed the Arc Angels forever. United by their common bond, the band became a musical outlet and inspiration in a time of crisis – and ultimately became something much bigger and better than even they had imagined.
The band’s 1992 debut album release, Arc Angels, on Geffen Records met with much critical acclaim and managed to break ont to the Billboard Top 200 chart. The sound was unique – raw and intense rock and roll steeped in the roots of Texas blues, but still radio-friendly and widely appealing. "Skill and zeal lift the Angels above the pack," said Rolling Stone. "One of the best pop/rock/blues recordings of the decade," said All Music Guide. The group toured heavily over the next three years and did two much-discussed appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman." But at the peak of that success, the band abruptly fell apart in 1994 due to personal conflicts, drug addictions and crushing touring schedules.
They each created their own unique paths from there. Bramhall made several solo projects but is most noted for being the mainstay guitarist in Roger Waters’ and Eric Clapton’s bands. Sexton made two critically acclaimed solo albums and spent several years touring with iconic musician Bob Dylan. Meanwhile, Layton recorded three albums with the Texas soul quintet, Storyville, and is known for backing artists like Buddy Guy, John Mayer and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Widely recognized as some of the best musicians in the business and the best Austin prodigies ever developed, the Arc Angels have reformed to make new music and tour again. They will open for Eric Clapton on his European Spring dates and then return to the U.S. for a run of summer shows.
Who: The Arc Angels
Where: Fillmore at Irving Plaza, New York City
When: Friday 8 May 2009 at 8:30pm
Tickets: $35 General Admission available from www.irvingplaza.com