9/11

Today is the day that we remember the dreadful events in 2001. It's one of those events, like the JFK assassination or the moon landing that many of us over a certain age will recall, and always remember where we were when it happened. I was in a shopping mall in London. Hearing that something …

Watch This… Feel Good

I watched this and had to share. This the kind of music that just makes you feel better about the day - the last video that did this was Pharrell Williams singing 'Happy'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXf1nUVdVuM Jacob Collier and Dodie are huge talents in the making. He caught the attention of Quincy Jones, who had him flown …

Fleet Week

Well it's been another great day on memorial day weekend, but this time in New York City. this week has been Fleet Week, which basically means that the Navy visits New York and has a thoroughly good time. Everywhere you go in midtown Manhattan there are the men and women of the Navy in their …

1000 People of Dance

I came across this video by accident. It's a lot of fun.He's been off travelling the world and en-route has somehow persuaded random strangers to dance with him and then edited the whole thing together to make a continuous dance. It's a lovely idea (shades of Pharrell Williams being 'Happy' here) and just like Pharrel, …

Livin’, Louvin, Losin’

Nope - not a typo! The Louvin Brothers were an American musical duo composed of brothers Ira (the taller of the two) and Charlie Louvin who performed secular country music, as well as fire and brimstone Gospel. The album cover shown above is for the latter. Designed by Ira Louvin, the cover features the brothers standing …

Gandy Dancers

Continuing my preparation for the upcoming 'Tracks Of The Deep South' Tour and I came across the Gandy Dancers. Their songs, combined with the spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants of Black America feed directly into the creation of the Blues, and since we'll be visiting Beale Street, Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, …

Zydeco or Cajun?

Think of New Orleans and you think of Jazz, or at least that's the prevailing wisdom. When I think of visiting New Orleans I tend to think of it being another opportunity to enjoy both Zydeco & Cajun music - but what are they exactly, and what is the difference between them? In simple terms, …

Do You Know What It Means…?

Continuing research today for the upcoming 'Tracks of the Deep South' Tour (or, as I like to call it 'The Music Tour'). I'm looking at New Orleans at the moment. Sometime in the next few days I'll post a blog entry about the differences between 'Cajun' and 'Zydeco' music and why I love them both. …

The Million Dollar Quartet

My next Tour is a second chance to enjoy the "Tracks of the Deep South", a romp through the musical heritage of the USA and some of the slightly less well visited states and places in my favourite country. It's early days yet, but I'm beginning to start the process of doing my homework on …

Home

Got back home from Sicily last night and slept for 9 hours, then today. Unpacked.Completed PaperworkPosted QuestionnairesPolished ShoesWalked DogReceived Information pack for next Tour in 7 days Now, relax with glass of red and a very garlicky Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner. And the music to do it all by comes from the woman with one …

Hurt

With just over a week to go before I set off on the 'Tracks of the Deep South' Tour and I'm getting myself in the mind set with Dusk-to-Dawn Country, Blues, Cajun, Zydeco & Jazz loaded on the iPhone and streaming from room to room. I keep returning to one song. Despite all his previous excellent …

Southern Rock Reborn

Try and imagine... Bonnie Raitt is working in a recording studio when in walk the Allman Brothers Band and ask to join the set as do various Jazz & Soul session musicians. Next, add to the recipe a little of the improv feel of a good Dave Matthews Band gig, a sip from the whiskey jar of …

Thunderstruck

Spain often surprises in extraordinary ways, particularly when it comes to the sheer variety and enthusiasm for displays of local heritage. Provinces throughout the country take fierce pride in their regional traditions as demonstrated here by a Galician band 'A Rondalla Santa Eulalia de Mos' playing (unexpectedly well) a cover of the AC/DC song 'Thunderstruck'. Bagpipes are …