The Good Life

This week’s instalment of Later with Jools Holland looks like being an improvement on the previous two episodes. The generation gap is evident on each show and, tonight, a whopping 64 years separates its two most well-known guests. The talented Laura Marling is only 21, but has just released her third album. The first two were shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and it wouldn’t be a surprise if A Creature I Don’t Know makes next year’s list. Brain Damage is an autobiographical song by Eminem about being bullied at school and is brilliantly performed below by Laura as a duet with Jeffrey Lewis. Miles Kane is best known for his membership of The Last Shadow Puppets along with Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys. He released his debut solo album earlier this year and he covers a guest who appeared on this season’s opening edition of Later. The 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind has spawned a number of tributes recently and Battle for Seattle is Little Roy‘s celebration of the band in a reggae style. I really like his version of Sliver and look forward to checking out the whole album. Joy Williams and John Paul White formed The Civil Wars in Nashville a few years ago and they released their debut LP at the beginning of the year. The duo prove to be smooth operators on their acoustic take on Sade’s 1992 hit that appears on their 2009 Live at Eddie’s Attic release. The Silver Seas are also from Nashville and have been going a bit longer. Château Revenge is the title of their third album from last year and it contains an extremely catchy tune called The Best Things in Life. The silver-haired Tony Bennett is four times as old as Laura Marling and is still going strong at 85. He’ll be promoting his second album of duets and is joined by the likes of Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and even Amy Winehouse on a load of classics. I was sure Bono would show up on the disc, but mercifully there’s no sign of him. Hopefully, Tony will perform I Left My Heart in San Francisco, a simple song that showcases his voice and phrasing, on this week’s show. Later with Jools Holland goes out live on BBC every Tuesday and Friday

Brain Damage (Eminem cover) – Laura Marling & Jeffrey Lewis

Heaven (Emeli Sandé cover) – Miles Kane

Sliver (Nirvana cover) – Little Roy

No Ordinary Love (Sade cover) – The Civil Wars

The Best Things In Life – The Silver Seas

I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett

Clockwise from top left: The Silver Seas; The Civil Wars; Tony Bennett; Little Roy; Laura Marling; Miles Kane