Endless Cycle

This week’s Later with Jools Holland features performances from the interesting collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica. This seemingly unusual partnership has just released a concept album called Lulu. It’s not about the life of the Scottish singer, but is based on a couple of plays by a German playwright named Frank Wedekind. Texan musician, Steve Earle, will be playing songs from his most recent release, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. The T-Bone Burnett-produced record takes its name from a Hank Williams song and is also the name of his first novel, which was published this year as well. Earle will be backed by The Dukes, featuring his wife, Allison Moorer. From New Orleans, Aaron Neville will be going back to his roots as he delivers songs from his latest album, I Know I’ve Been Changed. Let’s hope that London-based Various Cruelties sound more interesting than their name. After I had written the post, I learned that Hollie Cook and Keb’ Mo’ have also been added to this week’s bill. Later goes out every Tuesday and Friday on BBC Two

Foot of Pride (Bob Dylan cover) – Lou Reed

53rd & 3rd (Ramones cover) – Metallica

Willin’ (Little Feat cover) – Steve Earle

Marie (Randy Newman cover) – Allison Moorer

Ain’t No Cure for Love (Leonard Cohen cover) – Aaron Neville

Don’t Want To Waste Your Time – Various Cruelties

Clockwise from top left: Various Cruelties, Steve Earle & Allison Moorer, Lou Reed & Metallica, Aaron Neville