Abracadabra

This week’s fourth episode of Later with Jools Holland promises to be even more eclectic and eccentric than usual. The most established act on the show is an American singer and guitarist who has been called the Space Cowboy, the Gangster of Love and Maurice. Steve Miller (pictured above, top left) is now in his sixties and will be playing songs from his current release, Bingo! The Atlanta-born singer and producer Cee Lo Green (bottom left) is a member of Gnarls Barkley and his upcoming solo album is called The Lady Killer. Janelle Monae (top centre) hails from Kansas City and her debut long-player, The Archandroid, was recorded in Atlanta. It’s a concept album that draws on science fiction, time travel and a silent film from 1927 called Metropolis. The song I’ve chosen also comes from the past and was written by one of silent film’s most renowned figures, Charlie Chaplin. The act I’m most looking forward to is CW Stoneking (bottom centre), an Australian guitar & banjo player. Jungle Blues (2008) is his second and most recent album and he’ll be joined by The Primitive Horn Orchestra. His music is also rooted in the past and his style and image belong to the early part of the last century, as can be heard on his cover of The White Stripes. Cheikh Lo (bottom right) is a Senegal-based singer and musician and Jamm is the title of his most recent release. His take on the U2 song appears on an album called In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2. Finally, The Jim Jones Revue (top right) won’t have to travel too far to the BBC studios as they’re based in the English capital. They’ve released two albums and Burning Your House Down is their latest. Get Back is taken from the recent Mojo Magazine tribute to the final album by The Beatles. Later goes out every Tuesday and Friday on BBC 2

The Joker – Steve Miller Band

No One’s Gonna Love You (Band of Horses cover) – Cee-Lo Green

Smile (Charlie Chaplin cover) – Janelle Monae

Seven Nation Army (White Stripes cover) – CW Stoneking

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2 cover) – Cheikh Lo

Get Back (Beatles cover) – The Jim Jones Revue

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2 thoughts on “Abracadabra

  1. Thanks for sharing that cover by Cee Lo! Never would have expected him to take on Band of Horses.

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