Later with Jools Holland

This is probably my favourite show on TV at the moment. For anyone that hasn’t seen it, it usually features around half a dozen bands/artists each playing at least a couple of songs and it runs the length and breadth of modern music. There’s pop, rock, blues, soul, world music and pretty much any other label you care to think of and usually all in the same show. The one label they generally all come under, which is my favourite type of music, that is Quality.

Jools Holland doesn’t overbear the program, just some low-key introductions and some “quirky” and brief interviews. Then he will sit in on piano with one or other of the bands.

For those of you that may not know, Jools was the original keyboard player in the U.K. band Squeeze and featured on most of their early hits. He also has his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, which features numerous big name guest musicians and singers on their tours and recordings. He is a renowned Boogie Woogie piano player too.

But it’s  a music program, I can’t really do it justice here, watch it, listen to it. I do every week with the sound system cranked up.

Later with Jools Holland is currently aired on ABC2 in Australia around 11pm on Fridays.

Rock on!

I just watched tonights episode of Later. It featured Davendra Banhart, I didn’t think much of his first song “Baby” but his second wasn’t bad, but I didn’t get the name of that one. Jimmy Ruffin performed an adequate rendition of “What becomes of the broken hearted” and told Jools tales of his start at Motown. It’s a great song, but sadly Jimmy’s voice at 70 is not what it was, but it was good to see him.

Magazine were enjoyable they played three songs had a really good bass sound and did a brief and kind of awkward interview with Jools. Wolfmother were also good with Andrew Stockdale giving his best Robert Plant vocals in the second number.

Now we come to the real highlights of the show for me. Paloma Faith was new to me, but apparently she has been really popular in London. She dresses weird and has been a dancer and actor in a couple of films already. She sang great, performed out there and really entertained. As well as her two original songs she sang some Etta James with Jools at the piano. Jimmy Ruffin sitting behind her, like me, was visibly impressed. I will be checking out her album “Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?” tomorrow. I suggest you do too.

Finally Seasick Steve. I discovered Steve on a previous Later in an earlier series. Tonight he did not disappoint. He is an old American blues man, who was an overnight success in his 60′s. Apparently he is much more popular in the UK and mainland Europe than in the States. I love him, he rocked out with his drummer Dan while he played a one string Diddley Bow and some slide on what looked like a four string guitar. It was awesome. For anyone that hasn’t seen him you have something to look forward to.

Another good night on the Later episode shown here on Friday. The fabulous Foo Fighters were featured (on ya Grohly), Norah Jones was good and looked pretty good too. Sting was a bit pretentious, but when you have made as much money as he has, you can do what you like. Still got a great voice, both singing and speaking.

There was a strange interview with Ginger Baker (Ex-Cream) who is no longer Ginger and I’m guessing over 70 by now. He came across as a very weird old man. But I think he probably always was a bit odd. I saw him live once and he was the only musician I have ever known to excuse himself and leave the stage for the toilet in the middle of a gig.

I enjoyed Jay Z and I’m not really a fan of Rap music, but he had a very good band. Stornaway were also interesting. I had never heard of them before and will investigate further.

Now for something really interesting, Erik Mongrain showed us an all new way to play the guitar, it was worth listening to too.

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