I'll be back from Nashville next Monday (Gillian Welch session) and return to the weekend show the following Saturday night. AMA's, CMA's, OGWT40, OBE (and any other random combinations of letters!). It has been an incredible, busy and amazing few weeks but things are about to settle back into their normal routine.
its great to hear somewone who knows his stuff & is still very much involved in the music scene,the powers that be should give him a show & push out a few of these daytime presenters ! that are just employed because because who they are !
Thanks Bob for playing Eric Church and "Springsteen" and dedicating it to all The Whisperers! I'm a bit confused about your 3 references to him winning the Horizon Award at the 2011 CMA's as it went to The Band Perry( see Country thread)
Great to see Shawn Mullins' Lullaby and Callaghan 'Look Around' side by side once more on the playlist. Great comments for Callaghan - "One of the best albums of last year, LIFE IN FULL COLOUR, for Callaghan" The album hasn't really had a full release as such and as Callaghan is Stateside I tend to keep in touch via her newsletter updates. It had a limited release in America with plans for a proper release in the UK in early 2012. She sold nearly all of the pre-release copies at gigs in America. I expect she will put together a PR team so that it will go on all sites like iTunes, Amazon etc. At the moments it can only be purchased directly from her website. http://www.callaghaninfo.com/ The spin is therefore appreciated by her UK fans - THANK YOU!
I'm looking forward to the Travelling Band session on tonight's show, except will probably have to resort to iplayer later unless I can stay awake.
The only time I saw them 'live' was 2009, Larmer Tree, when they paid tribute to the peacocks wandering around the grounds Really enjoyed hearing them and would like to catch up with one of their shows again.
I was looking at Gretchen Peters tour dates last week I noticed that Lisbee Stainton is opening for her (Mar 16 - April 5). Not knowing who she was I researched to find she's a London-based 23 year-old singer-songwriter known as,"The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar" . Sampling her songs I realised I had heard one of them before, but where? Heading for the Bob Harris playlists confirmed it was the BH Sunday show a few weeks back! It was great to hear the track "The Author" this morning - It's a pretty song. I'm certainly enjoying sampling her catalogue of songs. Starting with this one on Spotify - Lisbee Stainton - Girl On An Unmade Bed (Deluxe Edition) The song "Is Whispering" particularly appeals!
Bob you mention you have recorded a session with her but I can't see it flagged up. Is it going out later in March / April ?
Lisbee's site say she's recording the session on 30th April.
Just been looking at the pictures of Lisbee's 8-string guitar. When I bought a guitar with the intention of trying to learn I couldn't get my fingers in the right place with only six strings to worry about
Should be a cracking night with Lisbee supporting Gretchen.
Ken, my hands are quite small and it's a stretch for me to hit some chords with left hand. Right hand can cope but some of those neck stretches for L.H. - ouch, can scarcely manage them A friend who has been part professional musician said you can get a special guitar with a small neck; I just try to make my fingers stretch
I was intrigued by this so went to have a look at her website...it's just a normal configuration of a six string guitar with two of the strings (the middle two) doubled up in octaves (as it would be in a 12 string). These doubled strings are spaced very close to each other and played as one. So it's a hybrid between a 6 and 12. So don't panic...the fingering and range is exactly the same as a normal six string.
Slowly catching up on previous shows and was listening to the 4th December 2011 show (OK, I am a bit behind!) and the Rival Sons track "Face Of Light" came on, and I thought the singer sounded a bit familiar. Turns out he is Jay Buchanan (someone who was said to have a similar vocal style as Jeff Buckley) of the eponymously named group Buchanan. Bob played a track from their debut album back in 2004 which I promptly went out and bought way back then...
Funnily enough a few weeks ago I was searching to see if there had been anything new from Buchanan - guess it pays to listen to Bob!!!
_______________________ Bob Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...*
After hearing Martin Simpson on the Saturday/Sunday Bob Harris show last week singing 'In the Pines', went to you tube to see if his version was there.
Just loved his guitar playing for this on radio. I can't remember the name of the band he heard doing their unique version and he wanted to emulate that. Will have to listen to show again and note the group I've never heard it played this tempo before, slower than usual. But really moody and just love that guitar.
Edited: Just catching the last weekend show before it goes later tonight; the band Martin Simpson referred to are 'Last Forever' - he said are great, 'really interesting'; he heard their 'incredibly strange' version of In the Pines and thought 'I'll be having that'. Love is guitar on song. I am going to you tube to investigate the 'Last Forever' band, never heard of them. Believe dinner burning smell is wafting through the door at me. Always a risk when listening to music online
I wasn't familiar with the version of the Townes Van Zandt song 'To Live's To Fly' that Bob played last night. Have just checked out the album it's from, 'A Far Cry From Dead' and it looks quite interesting.
I just caught up with the Simone Felice session a couple of days ago (had it on while out running). Absolutely loved it - ordered the album and a ticket for the Union Chapel gig in September on the back of the session. Which will be fun as I've never been there before.
Garland Jeffreys, came in yesterday and played with soul and passion. Fabulous conversation about Rock 'N' Roll and the birth of Doo Wop in New York. I'll let you know when it's going out.
On the 20th, we're broadcasting an interview I recorded with Paul Buchanan, with tracks from his new album and some wonderful vintage Blue Nile. Tom Jones and Olivia Harrison are among our future guests.
We will soon go back to just one session per programme, but at the moment these are just too good to miss!
1st thing this morning I had to play the original All Things Must Pass and then listen again to the tracks played last night from the George Harrison Early Takes Volume 1. Superb. I didn't think that I'd be interested in this cd but now it's a deffo add to cart for me. Nodded at the start of the Anais session so playing it all again now. Great to hear Trapeze again
I never thought that I'd consider buying a Tom Jones album but after tonights programme it's more than a possibility. Looking at the Neil Diamond albums Dreams and 12 Songs and the Johnny Cash Rick Rubin stuff, the Tom Jones recording more than matches them. Tonights session really took me by surprise.