NEWS: Cody ChesnuTT Live And In Conversation At The Jazz Cafe

Soul troubadour Cody ChesnuTT will take to the stage of London’s Jazz Café on Thursday 20th September for a special night of live music and conversation ahead of the release of ‘Landing On A Hundred’ – his first full album of new material in a decade.
Universally acclaimed for his edgy, sprawling Shortlist Prize nominated 2002 debut, ‘The Headphone Masterpiece’, Cody ChesnuTT’s frank, socially conscious songs set the bar for what modern soul music can look and sound like: On every level – rhythm, song, subject matter, spirit – ‘Landing On A Hundred’ delivers massively, it’s message upbeat even as it reflects upon troubled times. Says Cody “This body of work is extremely meaningful to me – it represents the journey I have been on since I last released an album. Words cannot describe or express how excited I am about this music.”
Following a period of family-man retreat and reflection after his meteoric rise to near stardom via The Roots retooled worldwide hit, ‘The Seed 2.0, ‘Landing On A Hundred’’s vivid vignettes sketch out a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, and the power and labour of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection.
The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have — the rhythm tracks recorded with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al GreenBuddy Guy and Ike &Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The down-home acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Cody ChesnuTT – September 2012
Thursday 20th                                    Jazz Café, London
Tickets are onsale now priced at £11 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk orwww.ticketmaster.co.uk
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NEWS: Gary Clark Jr. To Play Rare London Headline Show

Already recognised as one of this generation’s most exciting new blues talents, Austin-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will follow his first major UK show at this summer’s Hard Rock Calling with one of his first London headline shows at Cargo on September 17th. Gary Clark Jr. tickets go on-sale at 9am on Friday 31st August and are available from www.livenation.co.uk orwww.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Gary Clark Jr. has made a huge impression since his first Warners EP Bright Lights’ was released digitally last year. In addition to a plethora of reviews which have compared him to some of the guitar world’s most revered figures, Clark has performed for the Obamas at the White House at the White, Red and Blues event which also featured Mick JaggerB.B KingBuddy GuyJeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. In addition, Clark has collaborated with Nas and Alicia Keys, performed on David Letterman and earned another influential fan in the shape of David Lynch.
Taking up guitar at age twelve, Clark quickly found his way into the fertile Austin scene, taken under the wing of long-time club owner and artists advocate Clifford Antone and such local stalwarts as Jimmie VaughanAntone put the youngster on stage with such blues giants as James Cotton and Hubert SumlinVaughan and others taught him about moving beyond the legends, both going back to the originators who influenced them, but also embracing the spirit of innovation that separated such groundbreakers as Cream and the Stones from the crowd.
He made the most of the support and became such a shining presence that Austin declared a “Gary Clark Jr. Day” in his honour while he was still in his teens. And by 2007 he was named the city’s best blues artist and rock guitarist at the Austin Music Awards. In fact, he’s won those same categories every year ever since.
At the same time he was tapped by writer-director John Sayles to play the role of Sonny Blake, a fictional bluesman fittingly challenging the conventions of the gritty ‘50s circuit, in the film Honeydripper.
The buzz found its way to Eric Clapton who invited Clark to play on the 2010 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, an event showcasing the most distinctive guitar talents of a variety of genres. Clark’s appearance with Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow opened a lot of ears to his talent. Clapton then took Clark along as his opening act on a tour of Brazil that autumn.
http://www.garyclarkjr.com/
Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 31st August priced at £10.00 (subject to booking fee) and are available fromwww.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
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