Music for this London Life will feature absolutely anything that appeals!
Music that features London ..music that played in London ..that's played in London ..music by those that live in London ..lived in London ..were born here ..visited here ..died here ... and music that has nothing whatsoever to do with London ..it simply makes my London Life happy!
If as a lot of music listeners of a certain age your Boz Scaggs listening experience is “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” and the rest of his disco-tinged hits from Silk Degrees, you are in for a treat. After the release of Memphis his recent foray into the blues, it seemed that the former Steely Dan member was staging himself for a major comeback, and with the release of A Fool to Care he may well be right there, full comeback mode accomplished.
The bluesiness is turned up to almost “Loan Me a Dime” levels throughout this excellent album that features guest spots by Lucinda Williams on “Whispering Pines” and Bonnie Raitt on “Hell to Pay,” and delivers a spot-on excellent cover of Huey Piano Smith’s “High Blood Pressure.”
A Fool to Care has a casual swing to it that will capture your ears from the first track and meander them for the rest of this fine album that could have been recorded 50 years ago, or just a few months ago, it is that vintagely fresh. One wouldn’t think that someone who has been in the business over 50 years could produce an album like this that sounds like he is in his absolute prime, but that is exactly what Boz Scaggs has done here.
For extra credit go back and listen to “Sail on White Moon” and “You Make it So Hard (To Say No)” from Slow Dancer and you will know exactly what I mean."
"Could this be the perfect marriage of musical styles as indicated in The Times' recent review of Kelly Oliver?
“There was a fine support set too from the promising young singer-guitarist Kelly Oliver, an artist who blends traditional values with hints of a bold, indie-pop sensibility”.
Traditional elements drawn from Kelly’s Irish background and mesmerising voice, with imaginative fiddle and sonorous backing vocals from one of Folk’s award winning golden boys, Ciaran Algar combined with the ‘indie-pop’ sensibility of Nigel Stonier who has sailed many a song into the charts via BBC playlisting. Nigel’s co writing involvement and passionate production weaves a variety of well placed instrumental motifs into the fabric, with light and shade a plenty, resulting in an energising, positive and rousing modern anthem, projecting the 'tenacious talk' from the traditional biblical story of Jericho onto the current musical map.
Jericho is Kelly Oliver's first single off her second album (album is due for release in the Summer).
Expected release for Jericho is 11th May 2015.
Jericho will be released on Folkstock Records, who have achieved BBC Radio 2 play for their last three releases."
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
MFLL was introduced to Kelly Oliver a year ago http://sco.lt/5sFELB and she just keeps on rising! If you love the idea of trad folk with a suggestion of indie-pop,have a listen.It's certainly got our week off to a rousing start.
I spent yesterday afternoon listening to Nina Simone on replay and marvelling anew at her musical muscle , her dignity., her seriousness.Truly aura-inspiring. What a great way to forget you are actually doing mundane household chores as you listen intently. You have no other choice, when this lady sings. She gives each performance her heart and her soul and all we have to do in return , wherever we are' whatever we are doing, is stop for a few minutes, listen and applaud.
"I've Seen The Rain will feature on The April Maze Album 'Sleeping Storm' out Feb 2015. Single out now at www.theaprilmaze.com and iTunes. "
'Mayhew’s masterful guitar, Agam’s visceral, growling cello and her own dark twisted vocal…mean much of this is a series of inky-black fairy tales.'
Mojo Magazine (4 Star review)
“Indie alt-folk, much influenced by the sound (and fashions) of 70s San Francisco, Agam’s voice a rich cocktail of dark molasses and sweet honey.” Folking.com
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
Another exciting new discovery for MFLL .
We love this Gower Coast video from Oxford/Melbourne based alt folk duo The April Maze and will definitely be checking out one of their live shows once they go on tour In 2015. They are also available for house concerts. Oh what a night that would be!
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