Keep the Car Running

The tenth and final episode of the current season of Later with Jools Holland goes out this week. Arcade Fire (pictured, bottom right) have produced three of my favourite records of the last decade and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play some tracks from their third album, The Suburbs. Their faithful rendition of the Talking Heads tune featured on the flip-side of their Neighborhood #3 (Power Out). Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand is another recent favourite of mine and the former Led Zeppelin vocalist (top right) will be joined on this week’s show by his latest musical project, Band of Joy, which is also the name of the current album. Unfortunately, Alison Krauss won’t be there, but his new band includes another American vocalist, Patty Griffin, as well as Buddy Miller. His take on the Tim Buckley song appears on his Dreamland album from 2002. Mavis Staples (top left) is another veteran of the music scene and has been performing since the 1950s when she was a part of The Staples Singers with other members of her family. She released her first solo albums in 1969 and 1970 and then a further six more from 1977 to 1993. The Jeff Tweedy-produced Your Are Not Alone was released this year and it is her fourth album from the last decade. Her interpretation of the Dusty song is from her second album, Only For the Lonely (1970). London-born Adele (bottom left) is only starting out in her musical career and has just one album under her belt so far. The title of that album is 19, her age when it was released. The follow-up is called 21 and it will be released early next year, when she will be 22! Her version of Black and Gold was recorded for a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session. The final two guests on this week’s final show are a four-piece rock and roll band from Nashville called Mona and a musician from India named Raghu Dixit, who is a founder of The Raghu Dixit Project. Here’s to the next season of Later which should appear next Spring

This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads cover) – Arcade Fire

Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley cover) – Robert Plant

Son Of A Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield cover) – Mavis Staples

Black And Gold (Sam Sparro cover) – Adele