All Right Now! Welcome Back Jools

Later … with Jools Holland returns to BBC screens this week for its 36th season. Over forty acts will appear over the course of the seven-part series that will go out on Tuesday and Friday nights on BBC 2. Some of the artists scheduled to appear over the next few weeks include Vampire Weekend, The National, Gorillaz, Kate Nash and Laura Marling. The opening show features the usual bunch of old hands and newcomers as well as offering a wide range of musical styles. Of course, nearly every musical guest that appears on the show is trying to sell something and that is the case with most of this week’s performers. Former frontman with The Jam and The Style Council, Paul Weller, will perform tracks from his tenth solo effort, Wake Up the Nation. London band Hot Chip will play songs from their fourth album, One Life Stand. The latest British female singer to shine is Marina Lambrini Diamandis who goes by the stage name of Marina & the Diamonds. New York’s Gogol Bordello are described as a gypsy punk band, so I expect they’ll be moving around a lot. They’ll be giving us some material from their Trans Continental Hustle album. Dublin outfit Villagers will play something from their forthcoming debut album, which will be released by Domino Records. The remaining singer on this week’s show is Paul Rodgers, who has been vocalist for the bands Free and Bad Company, as well as the reformed Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor. He’s best known as the lead singer on Free’s All Right Now and there’s a fine version of that song amongst the half dozen tunes below

Graceland (Paul Simon Cover) – Hot Chip