Duane Eddy, Cee Lo Green, Steve Miller Band

A great Episode of Later with Jools Holland was shown on Thursday night on ABC2. I am pretty sure these episodes are new to Australia, but were recorded in 2010 in the U.K. I’m sorry to see the show moved to this late spot (10:45) on a Thursday night, as I used to really enjoy my Friday night fix of this, my favourite, show. Not too worry though, it just means I’ll record it and watch it when I feel like it.

Cee Lo Green kicked off the show. Cee Lo is a short, stocky man, almost square in shape. He was dressed in a striking pink suit and has a soul voice to die for. Most people would have probably first come across Cee Lo as the voice on the Gnarls Barkley hit Crazy. He kicked off the show with his number one hit F*#% You, which he cleaned up for the show and sang Forget You. Great pop/soul tune.

I just discovered a strange version of this song, sung(?) by William Shatner (Capt. Kirk, himself), if you are ready for that level of weirdness you can check it out here:- Fook You Jean-Luc Picard

The Steve Miller Band was up next. They had just released their first studio album in 17 years. Bingo is a blues album and Steve Miller looked and played a little like the recently departed Gary Moore. His line up included a single male backing vocalist, which was an unusual look, but it worked musically. Their first track was called Hey Yeah and had some nice guitar and amusing lyrics. Their second song was called Don’t cha Know, not very imaginitive lyrics, but a good sound and feel.

Janelle Monae sang the song Tightrope, which I have reported here before as one of the best music segments I have ever seen on The Letterman Show. This performance was not quite as good as that one. Jools said that she had been ill and had throat problems. I never noticed any voice issues, but there was a little less energy than the earlier performance. That said, it was still an excellent rendition and the studio audience and other musicians were suitably impressed.

Next Jools interviewed the legendary guitarist Duane Eddy. He was accompanied by Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley from Blur, who are planning a project with him.

Duane Eddy was one of the early innovators of the electrc guitar, with instrumental hits in the late 50′s and early 60′s like “Rebel Rouser”, “Peter Gunn”, “Cannonball”, “Shazam” and “Forty Miles of Bad Road“. He was also immortalised in the Heinz song Just like EddyDuane played some of his signature riffs and some mention was made of his upcoming project.

The Jim Jones Revue was not what I was expecting from the name and my initial look at them. They were pretty much a Rockabilly band with some of their stuff played at breakneck punk speed and attitude. I really liked them.

C.W. Stoneking is an Australian artist I had not come across before. He dressed like a 1920′s trad jazz man, played the banjo and his band featured a Tuba and a drummer wearing a Bass Drum on his chest, marching band style. He sang a little like Tom Waitsand his style reminded me of Waits too.

Janelle Monae‘s second song was called Faster and again featured a lot of dancing and movement from both Janelle and her band. It would be interesting to see if they kept that up for a whole gig, it would be like running a marathon.

Cee Lo Green was interviewed by Jools at the Piano and he said his earliest influence was Jackie Wilson. They did a few lines of Lonely Teardrops and Cee Lo basically did a note perfect impersonation of Jackie Wilson.

Later would not be Later without a bit of World Music and next up was Cheikh Lo, who sang a nice slow tempo song in his native Senegalese (I assume, I did not recognise the language)

Cee Lo Green followed up with Old Fashioned which was an old fashioned, but very nice soul tune. It reminded me a little of Al Green, but was really all his own. Jools said afterwards “that man could sing anything” and he was right.

Jools then inerviewed Steve Miller, who said the reason he had not made an album for 17 years was because his greatest hits had sold well enough to keep him going. He talked about playing with Lightning Hopkins and T Bone Walker teaching him to play the guitar behind his head and do the splits when he was 9.

For C.W. Stoneking‘s second song Jungle Lullaby the tuba had been replaced by an upright bass and he played a Dobro. It reminded me even more of Tom Waits, but was also true to a blues song of the 20′s or 30′s and had some very nice horns.

Steve Miller closed out a great show with his 1970′s hit Abracadabra. How this show can be tucked away in the schedules I’ll never know, but as long as they keep airing it I’ll be happy.

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