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“The Right Amount of Groove”
by Daniel Perry | Music Republic Magazine | September 22, 2023
Birmingham concert audiences have been spoiled for choice lately for TV and film stars popping in to the city with their music side hustle.
Movie legend Johnny Depp in July this year at the Utilita Arena with The Hollywood Vampires, Keifer Sutherland at the 02 Institute and now, British film and TV star Damian Lewis and his band at the Town Hall for the second show on his 11-date tour, which opened in Nottingham the previous weekend.
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Swapping Billions for Ballads
by Sam Lambeth | Louder Than War | September 15, 2023
Damian Lewis bounds onstage with the aura of a rockstar – lithe, agile and sartorially accurate (all black, desert boots, nifty waistcoat). “When I was last in Birmingham, the Birmingham Post gave me a scathing review,” he laughs. “I’m hoping tonight’s reviews will be kinder.”
He does have cause for trepidation, don’t forget. Actors venturing into music have often found themselves hitting a dead end, with even the most casual music fan ready to pour scorn. Thankfully, Lewis’ debut album sees him enter the Hugh Laurie category, as opposed to the dark and musty files of Russell Crowe.
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A Peek Into His Record Collection
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 19, 2023
Damian chatted with Cerys Matthews of The Blues Show on BBC Radio 2, which aired Monday, June 19, 2023. He shared his favorite blues tracks ahead while promoting the release of his debut album Mission Creep. The album is inspired by roots, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. You can listen to the broadcast here beginning around 15:38. The broadcast is only available for 28 days on BBC Sounds so catch it now!
Cerys asked him if he falls in love with characters he has portrayed like Nick Brody in Homeland and Dick Winters from Band of Brothers or does he completely move on. He answered that it’s about a bit of both because the ending of every job, especially long ones that he’s been lucky enough to be a part of on several occasions, that he’s created a work family with people he’s quite fond of and leaving can be bitter sweet; but as a whole, it’s quite good to move on. He doesn’t so much fall in love with characters he plays, but he defends them – that acting is sort of like advocacy and the audience is his jury, which makes you intellectually rigorous.
“I represent them like a lawyer would represent a plaintiff.”
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Makin’ Plans with Gemma Cairney
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 1, 2023
Gemma Cairney sat in on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music segment with Damian this morning and Gemma reported it was a pleasure to have him in the studio! His song ‘Makin’ Plans’ was broadcast as number 30 during the 38-tracklist programme with his interview here beginning around 2:05:54. The broadcast is only available for 28 days on BBC Sounds so catch it now!
Damian spoke about working with jazz musician Giacomo Smith and Kansas Smitty’s band, his three singles ‘Down on the Bowery,’ ‘Zaragoza’ and ‘Makin’ Plans’ that have been released on several platforms and described his signature sound as a hybrid of rootsy, singer-songwriter bluesy, rock-n-roll music.
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by Matt Micucci | JAZZIZ | May 26, 2023
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re always listening to new tunes, we always know just what to recommend. That’s why we’ll bring you a roundup of ten songs each Monday, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar.
Marking the musical debut of acclaimed actor Damian Lewis, the historic Decca label is set to release his first album, titled Mission Creep, on June 16. The album’s inaugural single, “Down on the Bowery,” showcases Lewis’ exceptional talent in the realm of music. Listen to this week’s JAZZIZ Editors’ Choice playlist via Spotify here.
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Mission Creep: Down on the Bowery
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 19, 2023
Photo Cred: Damian Lewis
A tidbit more information for our readers: Damian’s first ever official music video ‘Down on the Bowery’ was shot at Brooklyn Bowl in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. You can watch the video below or on YouTube and pre-order his album here. View more behind the scenes photos from the video shoot in our Gallery here.
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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 13, 2023
Damian is now on TikTok here! He wrote, “I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new creative venture…Down on the Bowery is out today!” You can also follow Damian’s music on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook,Spotify and his VEVO channel on YouTube.
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Mission Creep Singles: Down on the Bowery, Zaragoza, Makin’ Plans, She Comes
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 13, 2023
Photography: Rhys Frampton. Artwork: Charlie Drinkwater, Drinkwater Studios
Damian’s first ever single ‘Down on the Bowery,’ his second single ‘Zaragoza,’ his third single ‘Makin’ Plans’ and his fourth single ‘She Comes’ are out now and available for listening or download from several music services including, Napster, Pandora, Tidal, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and YouTube here. His debut studio album titled ‘Mission Creep’ can be pre-ordered from the same previous link, as well as Target stores or you can go directly to the Damian Lewis Music Store here. If you order before Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m. BST, you will receive an exclusive pre-sale access code (by April 18 at 10:00 p.m. BST) to his Union Chapel show on July 11 in London. The official release date of his album is June 16, 2023. You can also pre-order the album from Rough Trade as CD/vinyl and Amazon Music as MP3 or CD/vinyl. Don’t forget about the double-sided vinyl singles release of ‘Zaragoza’ and ‘Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella’ out on Saturday, April 22 for Record Store Day! It’s a chance to hear more songs prior to his album release. View Studio and Album Gallery here.
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by Naomi Clarke | Daily Express, Independent and Evening Standard | April 12, 2023
Not content with being a great actor, Old Etonian Damian Lewis is showing he is even more talented with his musical chops. Damian looks well on track to realising his dream of becoming a smash hit strummer this summer. The Homeland and Band Of Brothers star will release his first single today as he warms up for a string of gigs and live performances over the summer festival season.
Today the actor released the soulful track ‘Down On The Bowery’ from his debut studio album, Mission Creep (a war reference), which is due out on June 16. The song was written while he was in New York.