15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

George Ezra writes simple, hooky songs in the tradition of ’60s folk and sings with a sand-and-honey voice inspired by Howlin’ Wolf. He's lyrically fired up by travel away from his native UK (from “Barcelona” to “Budapest”), and he’s well versed in the roots of modern music (witness the rockabilly guitar to “Listen to the Man”). “Cassy O’” is a bluegrass stomp, but like all of Ezra’s songs, it’s meticulously arranged so that instruments appear, contribute, and depart, leaving space for that voice to do its stuff.

EDITORS’ NOTES

George Ezra writes simple, hooky songs in the tradition of ’60s folk and sings with a sand-and-honey voice inspired by Howlin’ Wolf. He's lyrically fired up by travel away from his native UK (from “Barcelona” to “Budapest”), and he’s well versed in the roots of modern music (witness the rockabilly guitar to “Listen to the Man”). “Cassy O’” is a bluegrass stomp, but like all of Ezra’s songs, it’s meticulously arranged so that instruments appear, contribute, and depart, leaving space for that voice to do its stuff.

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About George Ezra

Hertford-reared, Bristol-based singer/songwriter George Ezra possesses a deep, resonant, and emotionally weathered voice that belies his considerable youth. Influenced by similarly precocious troubadours like Bob Dylan and Hank Williams, Ezra was just 19 when he issued his debut single, "Budapest," a warm, amiable, and soulful slice of classy folk-pop that invoked names like Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Ray LaMontagne, and Tom Odell. That song, along with three others, appeared on his 2013 debut EP, Did You Hear the Rain? Increased touring and an appearance at Glastonbury preceded his second EP, Cassy O', which arrived in early 2014. "Budapest" was re-released in June of that year, followed a few weeks later by Ezra's debut LP, Wanted on Voyage. The album entered the U.K. charts at number three and eventually climbed into the top spot by year's end, earning him four Brit Award nominations and a North American tour supporting Sam Smith in early 2015. During this period he made his American television debut with appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, increasing his exposure. In April 2017 Ezra announced a "top secret" U.K. tour, during which he would debut new material. It was accompanied by the release of "Don't Matter Now," the lead single from his follow-up LP. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Hertford, England
  • BORN
    June 7, 1993

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