Monday, 25 January 2010

Royal Festival Hawley

great gig on saturday night, he prefaced this gorgeous song (maybe the standout one on his new album Truelove's Gutter) with the following:
'I wrote this for my wife in the hope that I’d get a shag off her . . . I sat down and played it to her, and it was the most beautiful version I’ve ever played.'
[Asked by one member of the audience what happened next:]
'She said, ‘What’s for tea?’.'

Friday, 22 January 2010


Here are those dates, come along...

Feb 9 - Willy solo music and reading @ Roundhouse-London
Feb 10 - Willy solo music and reading @ Cardiff Arts Institute-Cardiff, Wales
Feb 11 - Willy solo music and reading @ The Victoria-Birmingham
Feb 12 - Willy solo music and reading @ Captains Rest-Glasgow

Lean on Pete

And all of this prefigures the return of Richmond Fontaine, for a full UK and European tour, which will include some special book promotional duties in Ireland. Full details at the Richmond Fontaine website.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

LEAN ON PETE by Willy Vlautin

here's a great promo video for Willy Vlautin's brilliant third novel, out early Feb. Willy will be here in the UK for a short promotional reading/acoustic tour on publication, ahead of the full band's tour in March. Details of all that to follow next week.

Monday, 11 January 2010


Three albums to watch out for:

Laura Veirs' July Flame, sees her return to the excellent Bella Union label and features the helping hands and voice of Jim James no less. Out at the end of this month it's already got some fantastic reviews.

February 22nd sees the return of Josh Rouse, with El Turista. His last album was, 'Sweetie' aside, a bit of a disappointment i thought, but i spent the weekend listening again to Home and Under Cold Blue Stars and i can't wait for this.

And finally, March sees Laura Marling's second album, I Speak Because I Can. I was a huge fan of her debut and am looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Willie Mitchell

sad to hear of the passing of Al Green producer and Hi Records founder Willie Mitchell on January 5th. Here's some classic Soul Train footage of Al in memory...