Amazing Review from Overseas

Well aren’t we just feeling so continental after this amazing review from Belgium <3

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AUBURN – GAME OF FAITH
 
Just twenty years ago the British singer and songwriter Liz Lenten from the English county of Lincolnshire decided to set up her own music formation under the name “Auburn”. Many albums later she continues to surprise with every new album with her sublime mix of americana, country, roots music and blues in the songs. ‘Rootstime’ has been able to comment on some of those albums for you in recent years: there was “Indian Summer” in 2012 and I myself wrote reviews for “Nashville” in 2014, “Mixed Feelings” in 2015 and “Love & Promises” in 2016 All these albums came after a fairly long break in the career of Liz Lenten who only decided in 2011 to fully devote himself to creating new songs.
 
Also the brand new album “Game Of Faith” from “Auburn” may have been added to my package of reviewable CDs again, because even now we can only write down more positive words about the fourteen songs that Liz Lenten has recorded on this album. Because of the great diversity in her songs, her sound has been compared in the past with some widely divergent fellow singers such as Bonnie Raitt in the bluesy tracks, Dusty Springfield in the country ballads and even Norah Jones and Billie Holiday in the more jazzy and soul-inspired songs . We can confirm that subtle elements can be heard from each of these singers in the songs on “Game Of Faith”.
 
Liz Lenten seeks inspiration for her songs in meticulously evaluating situations, relationships, emotions and personal experiences in love and in her life. Songs like “Bad Girl, Good Woman”, “I Don’t Love Him”, “Happy Nowhere”, “It’s Not Love”, “Like I Do” and “His Arms” are new songs that all have a place managed to conquer this new album that will be released at the end of May.
 
The record was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Thomm Jutz, a man who had previously collaborated with, among others, Mary Gauthier and Nanci Griffith and who also took care of the three previous albums of “Auburn” as producer. The musicians who played these songs in the recording studio are Thomm Jutz on guitars, Mark Fain on bass and Lynn Williams on drums, while Britt Savage provides matching harmony vocals a few times.
 
Finally, we would like to add a few titles of musical highlights to “Game Of Faith”, because that is something that can be said of the songs “Trinidad”, the previously mentioned songs “Bad Girl, Good Woman”, “Happy Nowhere” ”And“ It’s Not Love ”,“ Float To Blue ”and“ Spoke In The Wheel ”accompanied by twisting guitar sounds. “Craftsmanship is mastery” is a very applicable definition for this latest album of “Auburn”, the musical prodigy of the stylish British singer-songwriter Liz Lenten for two decades.

Less than 1 week to go until Live Dead 69 Tour Begins

There is less than one week until Auburn begins touring the UK with Live Dead 69 and the excitement is starting to bubble! We’ll be kicking things off on with the first of 5 dates on Tuesday 26th March at the Green Hotel in Kinross.

If you can’t make this one then scroll down to see which others you can make!

Each venue has its own ticket link so click the date and location you’d like to attend below to head directly to the ticket site:

26th Green Hotel/ Kinross 

28th Under The Bridge/ London

29th Under The Bridge/ London

30th Picturedrome/ Holmfirth

31st Banham Barrell/ Norwich

Game of Faith Press Release!

Release date:May 2019    Label:Scarlet/Gonzo     Cat No:SR040CD

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Auburn is fresh back from Nashville with a brand new album – Game of Faith!

The new album was mainly written in the last few months of 2018, in a flurry of outpouring!  As always with Liz Lenten’s prolific song writing themes cover the usual range of reflections of emotions and situations – focusing this album on Trust, in all sorts of relationships and situations.

Screen Shot 2019-01-30 at 17.20.49Says Liz, “Its been a couple of crazy years for me, with huge personal life changes – which lead to me losing my voice completely at one point, all of which left me struggling to trust my own judgement and learning to live on faith and hope – which is essentially all we have to go on when things get out of control.

 

As with Auburn’s previous releases, the band’s new album was recorded once again in Nashville. Says Liz, “Nashville is one of the most wonderful cities on earth to me – buzzing with music and creativity. My fantastic multi-award-winning producer, Thomm Jutz, (Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier, Bill Anderson, Otis Gibbs, Mac Wiseman,), totally brings my ideas to life, is there, so I would go wherever he was! And the musicians are amazing – all so incredibly talented and sensitive – and just lovely people to be around’.

In addition, GAME OF FAITH has a unique strategy-based card game that will be launched with the album…  It has been devised and designed to compliment the songs and lyrics of the material…..so that everyone can play their own ‘Game of Faith’……more details nearer release about this…

Musicians featured on “Game of Faith” are:

Liz Lenten – vocals

Thomm Jutz – producer/guitars (Nanci Griffiths, Mary Gauthier, Mac Wise)

Mark Fain – bass (Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs)

Lynn Williams – drums (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, The Wallflowers)

Britt Savage – harmony vocals (Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle)

 

Auburn Acoustic will be touring UK supporting LIVE DEAD 69                               starting 26th March 2019  www.auburn.org.uk for details

Track listing / game characters

Track Title Character
1 Game of faith The Everyman (wild card)
2 Bad Girl, good woman The accomplice
3 I don’t love him The Ex-Lover
4 I drank The broken -hearted drunk
5 Prosecco-fuelled profiles The serial dater
6 Trinidad The Gold digger
7 Red velvet pillow The spoilt brat
8 Happy Nowhere The contented dreamer
9 Misshapen fruit The tenacious survivor
10 Its not love The friend with benefits
11 Float to blue The loyal friend
12 Spoke in the wheel The One-night stand
13 Like I do The commitment-phobe
14 His arms The believer

 

What the press said about Auburn’s last release:

….Lenten’s writing is most profound when she follows her instincts and, ripping a genre rulebook, does what’s best for the song….joy flows on like molasses.’   Let it rock (Canada)

‘Love & Promises is an album that, aside from Lenten, also features the credible work of many (aforementioned) others that come together to, simply put, enable us to enjoy yet another quite brilliant album of music from Auburn. As Hunter S. Thompson once said:” Buy the ticket, take the ride”! Russell A. Trunk / Anne Carlini (USA)

“British singer Liz Lenten is showing her creativity and skills as songwriter by delivering 12 new songs on ‘Love & Promises’, her 4th album in merely 5 years, the recording of it took place for the 3rd time in Nashville, TN, with local session musicians and producer Thomm Jutz…..”  Valére Sampermans / Rootstime  (Netherlands)

“Quantity has not diminished quality, as Thomm Jutz production, his Nashville backing crew’s soulful input, and Liz Lenten’s rootsy, intimate songs, delivered in her unique vocal style, has resulted in another transatlantic triumph.”  David Innes / R2 Rock’N’Reel – (UK) 

‘Different (*to previous AUBURN albums) but just as good, Liz Lenten is a fine lead vocalist, but she’s just as much as an actress and nearly another instrument as the whole comes together.  Top shelf Americana that reaches all quadrants of this amorphous genre, this set’s a winner throughout.’ Midwestrecords (USA)

”Start to finish the allure of ‘Love & Promises’ remains strong, the temptation is so inviting you cannot refuse, this album will hold anyone that hears it, there’s a subtle allure that will not be denied.” Tom Franks / FolkWords  (UK)

‘Excellent songs and beautiful arrangements. Thanks to a more than excellent and inspired playing tie it all sounds fantastic, and it appears to be a nice growth picture, which appears to be even better after a few spins.’ Holly Moors – Moors magazine

“Love & Promises” out on June 17th. It features star singer Liz Lenten and her iconic, angelic voice spread across a dozen new tracks.’ JPs Music blog (USA)