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Damian Lewis on His Unlikely Rock Reinvention

A Really Happy Accident

by Neil McCormick | The Telegraph | June 10, 2023

Photo by: Rii Schroer for Universal Music

For his next trick, the Wolf Hall and Billions actor is turning rock star – and this time he’s not pretending. “Why doesn’t he stick to acting?!” says Damian Lewis, in a wry pantomime of outrage. The 52-year-old star of hit TV dramas from Band of Brothers to Billions, via Homeland and Wolf Hall, is anticipating the reaction to his boldest career move to date: on Friday, Lewis will release a debut album of his own songs.

“We’re notoriously bad at ­changing lanes in this country,” he says. “I’m fully aware of how dangerous it is for me, tiptoeing into another area of the arts. It’s a bit like standing up on top of the parapet going, ‘Right, take your shots, everyone; throw s— at me!’ ”

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Damian Lewis Talks Ed Nash Through the Songs That Soundtracked the Pivotal Moments in His Life

Nine Songs

by Ed Nash | The Line of Best Fit | June 9, 2023

Whilst his friends were exploring the worlds of Goth and Post-Punk, the young Lewis spent hours perfecting the Presley quiff and developing a lifelong love of ‘50s music. Fast forward to today and his acting career couldn’t be more different to his hero, rather than the missteps of The King of Rock and Roll’s film roles, Lewis’s body of work on screen and stage can only be described as illustrious.

Following his breakthrough as Major Richard Winters in Band of Brothers, he’s shapeshifted through a range of characters, from Homeland’s Nicholas Brody to a delightfully devious Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, bringing an old-school charisma each part, which came full circle with his take on Steve McQueen in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

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Top Three Sets to Check Out at Black Deer Festival

Bringing Americana Vibes to Kent

by Staff | When the Horn Blows | June 9, 2023

With just under a week to go until Black Deer Festival brings the best in Americana vibes to Eridge Park in Kent, we are praying that the sunshine stays around for the party.

With the four edition of the event it is now Europe’s premier, award-winning Americana festival with the line up including artists like Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Pretenders, Bear’s Den, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle (Alone Again Solo & Acoustic), Far From Saints and many more at Eridge Park.

With some much to chose from – we give you our top three sets to check out across the weekend.

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Damian Lewis Releases Fourth Single and Music Video: She Comes

She Comes

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 9, 2023

Photo by Emma Giacalone for Squire Studio

Today Damian released his fourth single and official music video, this time for the track ‘She Comes’ shot by Squire Studio on March 16, 2023 and directed by none other than Nick Murphy, the same director for Damian’s recent MGM+ and ITVX mini-series A Spy Among Friends. Location of the music video shoot was Master Shipwright’s Palace in Deptford, London, off the banks of the River Thames. The venue is described as “a peculiar new theatre in Deptford’s secret palace” that is “10 minutes from London Bridge.” View more behind the scenes photos from the video shoot in our Gallery here.

Damian recently shared with Stereo Board,

“She Comes is the first song I wrote for my debut album, so that makes it… my first song (That I’ve shared with the world, at any rate….). It’s about ghosts, and one ghost in particular. The album has hybrid sounds all through it, but this song leans heavily on a folk set up before crescendoing with a jazz feel brought by my brilliant band.”

As for the video: “We hoped to convey the feeling of an abandoned house, of the ghost of the woman that once lived there and a group of friends gathering to celebrate her.”

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Damian Lewis Continues To Tease ‘Mission Creep’ With New Track She Comes

She Comes

by Jon Stickler | Stereo Board | June 9, 2023

Damian Lewis has released another track from his upcoming debut album. Following ‘Down On The Bowery’ and ‘Makin’ Plans’, the folky ‘She Comes’ finds the musician and Homeland star singing over a piano and lightly fingerpicked acoustic guitar melody. Lewis explained:

“She Comes is the first song I wrote for my debut album, so that makes it… my first song (That I’ve shared with the world, at any rate….). It’s about ghosts, and one ghost in particular. The album has hybrid sounds all through it, but this song leans heavily on a folk set up before crescendoing with a jazz feel brought by my brilliant band.”

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Blues & Soul Magazine Interview: Damian Lewis

Changing Lanes

by Lee Tyler | Blues & Soul Magazine | June 7, 2023

Brit actor Damian Lewis CBE [for services to drama] is probably best known for his gritty multi-award-winning performances in hit TV shows Homeland and Band of Brothers. As well as a mesmerizing Henry VIII portrayal in the award-nominated show Wolf Hall and the must-watch character performance in the primetime hit show, Billions. His undoubted talent has transferred seamlessly to the big screen with a plethora of standout roles, including his memorable portrayal of movie icon Steve McQueen in the Quentin Tarantino produced film, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. So what’s the next stellar role for the North London and often NYC-based 52-year-old multi-talented actor, presenter and producer? Well, how about another string to his bow and a right turn into another Lewis passion that may surprise a few with his natural talent with a foray into the world of music.

As an actor, you can never accuse Lewis of not giving his all so when it comes to music and his debut album “Mission Creep,” be prepared for something very special. I’ll now let the singer/songwriter/guitarist himself fill you in on the finer points of his rootsy, blues, rock, jazz, folk and everything in between new long-player, as well as give us the lowdown on what drove his 2020 lockdown inspired desire to start writing songs, cut an authentically styled album and play a set of live dates as he takes time out of his busy schedule to share all on a recent Zoom call with yours truly.

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10 Albums You Need To Know: June 2023

A Thoughtful Collection

by Matt Micucci | JAZZIZ | June 7, 2023

Albums challenging traditional boundaries and setting new standards; reflections on the long, turbulent days and months of the pandemic lockdown; dream star-studded sessions celebrating taking musical and personal changes. All this and more are in our list of ten albums released this month (June 2023) that you need to know about.

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Damian Lewis Announces Additional UK Tour Dates

UK Tour 2023

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 6, 2023

Damian has announced UK tour dates for 2023! He is going to be playing up and down the UK at a selection of iconic venues with his magnificent band. You can order his debut album Mission Creep from his official music store here. He will see you all in your home towns!

SEPTEMBER
Saturday, September 9, 2023 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – 25 Goldsmith Street – 7:30 p.m.
—with special guest Lydia Prettyman
Friday, September 15, 2023 – Town Hall, Birmingham – Victoria Square – 8:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Saturday, September 16, 2023 – The Gate, Cardiff – Keppoch Street – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Sunday, September 17, 2023 – Thekla, Bristol – The Grove – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Friday, September 29, 2023 – The Old Market, Brighton – 11A Upper Market Street Hove – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Band on the Wall, Manchester – 25 Swan Street – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv

OCTOBER
Sunday, October 1, 2023 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – 33 Queen’s Road – 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT!)
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Saturday, October 7, 2023 – Sage 2, Gateshead – St. Mary’s Square – 7:00 p.m.
—Sage 2 now called The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

NOVEMBER
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – The Haymarket, Basingstoke – Wote Street – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2023 – The Stables, Milton Keynes – Stockwell Lane, Wavendon – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 – The Concorde, Eastleigh – Stoneham Lane – 9:00 p.m.

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Damian Lewis on BBC Radio 6 Music

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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Damian Lewis Music Studio Photoshoot and Album Artwork

Visual Studio

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 30, 2023

With a little over two weeks before his debut album is set for release on June 16, Damian took to social media to share a glimpse of him in the visual studio with artist Charlie Drinkwater to collage the artwork for Mission Creep. The cover art was influenced by Damian’s love of David Bowie, who worked with Andy Warhol and this idea of painting onto photographs. See the album artwork by Drinkwater, studio photoshoot by photographer Rhys Frampton and music videos in our Gallery here. Pre-order your album copy today and join the Damian Lewis Music mailing list from the music store links below.

‘Mission Creep’ Album – Damian Lewis Music Store (UK) here
‘Mission Creep’ Album – Damian Lewis Music Store (US) here
‘Mission Creep’ Album – Several digital/CD music services here or Target
‘Down on the Bowery’ – Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon and more here
‘Zaragoza’ – Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon and more here
‘Makin’ Plans’ – Napster, Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and more here

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JAZZIZ Editors’ Choice

Exceptional Talent

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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Damian Lewis Music on BBC Radio 2 TONIGHT

The Blues Show with Cerys Matthews

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 22, 2023

Cerys Matthews will be sharing Damian’s single ‘Zaragoza’ on BBC Radio 2’s The Blues Show with Cerys Matthews tonight, May 22, 2023 at 9:00 p.m. BST. Be sure to tune in here and the programme will be available shortly after the broadcast. Those outside the UK may need to utilize a VPN.

Damian’s debut album Mission Creep is set for release on June 16, 2023 and can be pre-ordered from several outlets here. Upcoming shows include Black Deer Fest on June 16, Rough Trade East (includes album signing!) on June 19 and Union Chapel on July 11 in London. Don’t miss out, get your tickets now!

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