It’s nearly the end of my trip to Nashville. There will be lots to tell you about on my return. Some great people, stories, a couple of excellent live shows and a pile of vinyl to share. But most of that can wait until next week. This week on the AC we have a very special night.
If there’s any part of you that has lost faith in c [...]
The interview was going, largely, to plan. Matthew E White politely answered the questions and we both talked enthusiastically about records, analogue recordings and the general ephemera of the studio until that question. ‘Why Matthew,’ I asked ‘…why is rock n roll cold?’
I’ll let that question sit there [...]
I watched (with bemused detachment) the BAFTA TV awards the other night. It was something the family could watch together and it passed a dead hour before the news came on. Exhausted by struggling with my IKEA assembly earlier in the day, the settee and a glass of wine were proving to be the antidote to my attempt to understand the what that [...]
It’s been a strange old week for America and race relations. From my daughter in Baltimore I’ve had a first hand account of the appalling miscarriage of justice that led to the subsequent riots. From the middle of these riots it sounded very scary indeed. Although, as Banksy and my good friend Stuart Cosgrove in his book D [...]
There’s a point in any good gig where the performer know the same thing as the audience. No one’s kidding each other. Everyone is having a good time and no one wants to go home. Like anything else it’s a piece of magical ephemera whose moment may pass at any second. In my experience it’s the point where the stage and t [...]
Tonight on Another Country for the first time in our new Tuesday evening time-slot we will welcome a live session guest to Studio One. Not just any guest but someone who more than mostly anyone I can think of embraces the spirit and reach of Americana in its broadest sense.
Mark Olson last visited us at the AC when he had reunited with his o [...]
When I was much, much younger the most formative record collecting period of my life was the mid to late seventies. Safe to say – and this probably never stops needing explained to younger readers – most of that collection was curtailed by economy, not taste. I remember some of the purchases very well: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Prisoner [...]
Last week I shared a train ride back to the Holy City from sunlit Edinburgh with the great, Patrick Doyle. Continuing my interrogation after the radio cross-examination we got talking about the thing which we both share in common – our love of the song – he told me a great story which, if it’s not true, certainly should be. Steven [...]
Unexpectedly I found myself spending my Sunday in a an old familiar part of London just round the corner from Oxford Circus. The London Palladium is a fine old theatre taking pride of place on one of the capital’s shortest arteries, Argyle Street.
I’ve probably passed it more often than been present but, from memory, have spent a few nights t [...]
Yeah, you know the joke but it’s worth remembering as everyone dreads that awful moment in any live set when (hitherto unremarkable) musicians are thrust into the spotlight. It’s fine until the drums do stop and …they take a (bass) solo.
The great records we love have often included some spectacular contributions from these [...]