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BRIT Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Selling Musician George Ezra Announces Highly Anticipated Album

The Gold Rush Kid era begins today with the release of George Ezra's euphoric first single and album opener ‘Anyone For You,’ available to stream and download now. The song arrives alongside a video that introduces the Gold Rush Kid to fans for the first time, whilst today also sees the announcement of a trio of intimate shows in Edinburgh, Manchester and London for February and March.

The singer-songwriter will debut some of the album’s songs for the first time at a handful of intimate shows.

27 February – Manchester Opera House

28 February – Edinburgh Kings Theatre

2 March – London Palladium

Ezra cites Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and James Baylin as his main musical influences. Some critics, however, have found it hard to discern these influences in Ezra's music. The Financial Times described it as music that "approximates rock… but without any hint of danger, or unpredictability". When the Gramophone Rings described him as having "a voice beyond his years", with "a soulful tone that somehow would feel more at home coming from an Alabama bartender than a 21-year-old Bristolian".

Zane Lowe, a former BBC Radio 1 DJ, called him "one of the most compelling and powerful new vocalists around".

A youthful obsession with Dylan prompted Ezra to seek out earlier American folk and blues artists. "Out of curiosity, I went to find how high I can jump off a cliff", he said. "That's when I found Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and Howlin' Wolf." Ezra had heard a Lead Belly compilation and had simply tried to sing like him. "On the back of the record, it said his voice was so big, you had to turn your record player down", Ezra said. "I liked the idea of singing with a big voice, so I tried it, and I could."


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