Ah, the sound of an English summer.
Maybe the music this week reflects the weather, quite mellow and
almost downbeat in places. Maybe it's just the after-effect of too
many late nights and far too much travel.
The picture this week links the wet weather, a song in the show and
my mid-winter present to me!
Yesterday to Southampton four hours each way for a 30 minute
presentation. Very nice hospitable people and it was a pleasure to
see them but you do wonder about the cost-effectiveness of it. At
least trrain travel was greener than driving.
Independence Day - Jesta
Bryan Page is the guy that is Jesta. Bryan has been working in
recording studios in the U.K. since the late 1980's as an engineer,
producer, singer and musician. Now at last he has found the time to
come up with some of his own music with a little help from his
"Sunday evening 8pm - looking at my Google calendar I notice that
it's American Independence Day in two days time. I wonder if
there's anything much on music.podshow.com for podcasters to play?
Hey - there's not much!
Right then and there I drop everything I'm doing and quickly bash
out a song called Independence
. The lyrics come easily - Podshow+ is due to open any
day now and so I make the lyrics about podcasting, new media and
stuff like that.
The whole thing is written and recorded by bedtime!
Ambush - Ryan Shupe and the Rubber
A band formed by Ryan Shupe while in college that has grown a
national following in the past 11 years. The band is named for its
elastic embrace of lots of styles of music, all tied by a common
love of largely acoustic instruments, with drums and electric bass
powering their famous rockin' live show.
Sanity - No Fixed Abode
Tony and Una from NFA just sent me the rest of the NFA back
catalogue and it's interesting to hear the evolution of a band over
a few years. Their first EP, called Work in Progress
was released as
and had a feel which
they thought was a bit too rocky. Perhaps by way of reaction, their
first full album release was Acoustic Attitude
a twelve track album
which included some re-workings of tunes on the earlier EP. This
track is kind of representative and illustrates the wonderfully
natural and apparently effortlessly soaring voice of Una Walsh. I
could listen to her night - oh, I say!
The newest album Clearwater
is getting lots of
justifiably great reviews. Tony and Una asked me to say Hi to TC
who was the first Suffolk 'n' Cool listener in the USA to order the
album. I'll bet you are enjoying it TC.
Soul Shakedown Party - Bob Marley vs
Afrodiciac Sound System
Reggae legend Bob Marley is being reintroduced to sound systems
worldwide. Today's hottest producers - including Fort Knox Five,
Jimpster, Yes King (Rhys Adams & Mark Rae), Afrodisiac Sound
System, Trio ElÃ�Â©trico (Boozoo Bajou) and DJ Spooky have remixed
a dozen of the master's cherished songs.
This was nearly another SnC First Play but GD got in first!
Espresso - Jack Wyles
"I presently reside in Oakland, CA., have my own studio, and have
released 3 CD's on my own record label. I supply the sax and bass,
keyboards, production and engineering on most of my tracks. My new
CD is MERRY MADNESS. I blend jazz improvisation and electronica
No less that three of this week's tracks are getting their world
first podcast airings as Suffolk 'n' Cool firstplays.
New pair of boots - Old Southern
(North Carolina, USA) FIRST PLAY
Old Southern Moonshine Revival is a modern country duo made up of
Neil Broere and Marcus Kiser. The sound is Johnny Cash meets Keith
Urban. A blending of the intensity and authenticity of Cash with
the structure of modern country....add a dose of southern rock and
you have a Revival!
You leave - Rose Reiter
(Vancouver, Canada) FIRST PLAY
Writer, Vocalist, Pianist, Guitarist, Co-Producer
Rose's passion for writing and playing music was evident at the age
of 3, when she began to play piano by ear. After various refusals
from piano teachers to take her on (due to her tiny hands at age
3), her father finally found a music teacher. Seems like the
trouble was well worthwhile!
Travel again as soon as the show is done today - up to Norwich for
the celebration of The Winelight Club's first birthday.
Congratulations to Tony and Steve. Vinnie Peculiar is playing,
along with Sean Redmond and Katie Skilling.
Vagabond Heart - Jamie Marshall
(Prague, Czech Republic) FIRST PLAY
For 20 years, I've been part of London's live music scene, gigging
at venues as varied as the Royal Festival Hall, the Twelve Bar
Club, and the London Transport Museum.
Nationally, I've appeared on UK radio (Radio 1, Radio 2, and Radio
5) and television (BBC 1, BBC 2, Channel 4, and Sky TV). At a local
level, I have been the featured live music guest on numerous local
radio stations including;
BBC GLR, BBC Radio Wales,BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio
I'm now based in Prague in the Czech Republic.
I needed a change of scene and I'd visited this beautiful city on a
number of previous occasions and always loved it. I now have four
residencies in the city. One at Marquis de Sade in Templova,
(Wednesdays and Sundays) a second on Monday and Thursday nights
just around the corner at Red Hot and Blues in Jakubska, Fridays at
Noels Lounge in Vinohrday and Saturdays
at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Mala Strana.
I'm also venturing out of Prague either solo, or with The Tonny
Blues Band or with Vera Martinova, with whom I have been working
very closely for about a year now.