SnC 076 – Wed 1 Aug 2007
Music from The USA, The UK, New Zealand and Brazil this week with a sprinkling of really quite "interesting" tunes and a couple that you might not expect me to be playing. Something from a couple of weeks ago. I visited airbrush artist Paul Karslake’s studio and saw one of Brian May"s guitars which had been in for a paint job. Well, a magnificent air-brush paint job – a present from his wife. If you see him, don’t mention it in case it"s a long planned surprise – the picture is here!Notting Hill / changing face – change is often slow so we don’t see it. Note from Martin Baker with a link to a fabulous collection of photographs of London in the 1960s taken by Terence Nunn. Thanks Martin. Take a look at the site and you can even buy a photo there.www.photoboxgallery.com/tnunn Intro Happy – Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)www.jimmiebratcher.comMe being me – Tim Blane (Boston, USA)Tim Blane is a Boston based singer/songwriter. His music has the melodic flow of mainstream pop, the harmonic nuance of jazz, and the lyrical honesty of country. Blane’s sound brings to mind artists like Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Peter Gabriel and Lyle Lovett.www.timblane.com/www.myspace.com/timblaneLondon again this past week spending time with a good friend who’s going through a rough time and meeting up with a "friend of the family" who I suddenly had precious little contact with for the past four years. Walk on – Kellie Coffey (California, USA)Kellie entered the country music scene in 2001 with her top10 single, "When You Lie Next To Me", which remained on the chart for over a year. Her album of the same name entered the country sales chart at #5. She followed that with the top #15 "At the End of the Day".www.kelliecoffey.com/One of those weeks where there’s not a great deal on the PMN but there are a few really quite quirky tracks. Although based in UK – very much a gypsy sound.Dark eyes – Blue Jar (Belfast, UK) FIRST PLAYThey have recently signed a 3 year management deal with W.O.A International for India, the Middle East and Asia, and are currently negotiating a licensing deal in the same territories. They will be on tour in India Jan 08.www.bluejar.co.ukwww.myspace.com/bluejarbelfastI saw Amy Rigby play a few months ago with Wreckless Eric. She did not disappoint! Great, direct, quirky New York flavoured songs sung with total commitment.Knapsack – Amy Rigby (New York and SW France)Amy Rigby has been compared to everyone from Elvis Costello to Carole King, but she "has no peer on the current pop scene," according to the Chicago Reader. Born in Pittsburgh and a long-time resident of New York City, Amy was songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist for cow punk pioneers Last Roundup and folk pop trio The Shams before her first solo album got the attention of critics and music fans.www.amyrigby.comwww.myspace.com/amyrigby07http://signaturesounds.com/onlinestore/category.cfm?Category=58Congratulations to Pete Cogle on his 150th PC Podcast show which went up earlier today. I noticed that he didn’t have the usual 10 seconds of Podshow placed adverts at the start of the show – really nice effect!Talking of podcasters…New Life with Moosefrog – Anji Bee (California, USA)You may know Anji from her popular PodShow music podcast, The Chillcast with Anji Bee, or from her super-chill Podsafe band, Lovespirals. Her sultry voice has also graced numerous side projects, some of which are here for you to enjoy.http://anjibee.com/Waihi – Edwin Derricutt (New Zealand)With his debut album ‘Symmetry’, Edwin captures listeners across a broad range of age and culture. Although born and bred in NZ, Edwin is well travelled, with a passion for both adventure and mission, which is evident in his song-writing having the ability to transport the listener to another place.www.edwinderricutt.com/www.myspace.com/edwinderricuttTerry Reid secret (penultimate) gig of his current UK tour at The Winepress, Norwich 01603 622134 I let the cat out of bag on SnC075 last week. Oops.Can also tell you that Terry is playing the Rhythm Festival in Bedford here in the UK this Saturday along with the likes of The Levellers, Hothouse Flowers, Prince Buster, Dr John, Steve Harley, The Blockheads and John Mayall.Hoje eu sei – Alma Livre (Sao Paulo, Brazil)From the excellent Jamendo label at: www.jamendo.com"November of 2000, seven musicians brasilians if had joined with the intention to touch and to take reggae music, not only to the conscientious reggaeman of the philosophy and the idealism of reggae, but also for that still they do not know reggae and its philosophy. In intention to please always the public and to bring each time more people to reggae, searching always the perfect balance between the seriousness and the descontração, with strong letters that nail love, freedom, equality, peace, joy, life and spirituality." www.bandalmalivre.com.brwww.myspace.com/almalivrereggaemusic"French kitsch" and "country punk" to name but two new genres that will be strutting their stuff on Suffolk’n’Cool next week – join me then?