Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jools is back with 'Later'

Jools Holland is back with 'Later', once again featuring some artists who appeal to me and others of my ilk. Last night there was music from Robbie Robertson, Cee Lo Green and Seun Kuti, Fela Kuti's youngest son, and a brief interview with Bootsy Collins, who will appear on Friday's show. There was also a song from a Texan called Josh T pearson, who seemed of interest.

Jools' show has been running since 1992 and is virtually the only regular UK music show that features roots music alongside more contemporary pop acts.Guests over the years have included Solomon Burke, William Bell, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Cliff, Dion, Bo Diddley, John Fogerty, Al Green, Buddy Guy, Gregory Isaacs, Dr John, Betty Lavette, Sam Moore, Otis Rush, Howard Tate and Toots and the Maytals, to name but a few. Sadly these performances are not available on the BBC website so we just have to keep an eye on guests in the current series and see who appears.

As well as being a good musician, Jools' heart is clearly in the right place, as series such as Walking to New Orleans in 1985, when he met and played with the likes of Fats Domino and Lee Dorsey, clearly show. His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra may not be authentic, but it's pretty good as mainstream bands go these days. Here's a Youtube clip of Jools with Fats


At 3:48 am , Blogger Floyd Brewer said...

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At 2:57 pm , Blogger Norm Hayess said...

You tell Jools to keep rocking in the free world.


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