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LONDON, U.K. – (4th Feb, 2022) – U.S. singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw has announced that Ruthie Collins will join him as the support act on his upcoming UK shows, starting Thursday 17th March in London. Announcing the news exclusively on BBC Radio 2 yesterday (3/2), Bob Harris said: “This is a wonderful double bill… we love them both.”

With nine UK dates on the tour, Outlaw is celebrating the release of his ambitious third full-length album, the new wave-inspired Popular Mechanics, out now to stream/download, with a UK physical release to follow on March 4th 2022.

Ruthie Collins has received extensive airplay for her latest single ‘Hypocrite’, taken from her critically acclaimed album Cold Comfort +, released as an expanded edition in January, with over 2.5 million combined streams and video views for songs from the album to date.

Looking forward to sharing the stage with Ruthie, Sam said: “There’s so much talent in Nashville right now, but Ruthie Collins is a distinctly special voice and songwriter. I’ve always been blown away by the support from country fans in the UK and I know they’re going to flip when they hear Ruthie.”

Sam Outlaw tours the UK in March, with support from Ruthie Collins on all dates – tickets on sale now:

Thu., March 17, 2022 | Omeara | London, United Kingdom

Fri., March 18, 2022 | The Stables | Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Sat., March 19, 2022 | Cryer Arts | Carshalton, United Kingdom

Tue., March 22, 2022 | Hen and Chicken Southville | Bristol, United Kingdom

Thu., March 24, 2022 | Jericho Tavern | Oxford, United Kingdom

Fri., March 25, 2022 | Mid Sussex Music Hall | Hassocks, United Kingdom

Sat., March 26, 2022 | Manchester Academy | Manchester, United Kingdom

Sun., March 27, 2022 | Oran Mor | Glasgow, United Kingdom

Mon., March 28, 2022 | Gosforth Civic Theatre | Gosforth, United Kingdom

Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN. Born Samuel Morgan in South Dakota, he chose to perform with the Outlaw name from his mother’s side of the family, and continues to use it to honour her.

After leaving a successful career in corporate advertising in 2015 to pursue music full time at the age of 33, Sam and his family moved from Los Angeles to Nashville three years later following the release of two acclaimed albums, Angeleno (2015) and Tenderheart (2017).

Produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, Angeleno, described by NPR as an “instant classic,” introduced Sam as a distinctly assured voice in the Americana scene. Immediately resonating on both sides of the pond, the album charted at #4 in the UK and was named ‘International Album of the Year’ at the UK Americana Awards, while leading The Telegraph’s list of top country albums, who described Outlaw’s “wonderfully rich and mournful country voice.”

The self-produced follow-up, Tenderheart, gave the artist the opportunity to further evolve his “So Cal Country” sound by introducing more elements of mainstream pop music. Also a critical success, Tenderheart was widely heralded as one of the year’s best country albums, kicking off several years of touring, both in the US and internationally.

Having made his debut at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in 2019, where he has since become a regular performer, Sam has played at numerous festivals including Stagecoach, AmericanaFest, Tønder Festival in Denmark, and Cambridge Folk Festival, and was highlighted as one of the Artists You Need To See at SXSW by Rolling Stone.

Sam Outlaw’s new album Popular Mechanics was released in November 2021 to stream/download, with a physical release to follow in March 2022.

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Raised on a grape farm in Fredonia, New York, Ruthie Collins fell in love with music from an early age. She learned about the classical world from her mother, a pianist and organist, and the gospel world from church, where she sang in the choir, but it was the radio that first introduced her to the magic of pop and country, and she spent her formative teenage years enamoured with the stories and melodies that lit up the dial. After college, Collins spent five years writing songs and waiting tables in Nashville before landing a deal with Curb Records. Named to CMT’s prestigious “Next Women Of Country” series, Collins began turning heads almost immediately with a series of critically acclaimed releases and showstopping festival performances that prompted the LA Times to praise her “sunny demeanour” and Rolling Stone to rave that “Collins’ voice has the fluttery nuances more common in Seventies Laurel Canyon than in modern country.” Her latest album, ‘Cold Comfort’, a captivating blend of cinematic roots, intimate folk, and old-school country, is available everywhere.

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