Very excited to record a James Booker special for the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones show – on air TONIGHT 7pm GMT (Nov 18th 2013). You’ll hear myself and the fantastic Dom Pipkin playing a few tunes, and a great interview with legendary producer Joe Boyd who produced Booker’s seminal ‘Junco Partner’ record. The idea for the show, which I’m very grateful that the Paul Jones team embraced, is inspired by the fantastic film Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker’, which has it’s UK premiere this saturday at The Barbican. If you’re not familiar with Booker, check him out!
If you miss the show live, you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer afterwards.
We played our first gig with Jawbone to an invited audienceon saturday 16th November 2013 at the Half Moon, Putney. It was fantastic to play the songs to an audience that Marcus Bonfanti and I have been writing over the last year, and we were heartened to receive an incredibly warm welcome and great feedback. The backbone of Jawbone, Evan Jenkins and Rex Horan have been brilliant in shaping the songs and bringing their musicianship and lovely vibes to proceedings. We’ll be recording the album in January so please stay in touch! We’re all totally excited about the project : )
Paddy and the Sousa Band will be playing at Blues Fest London 2013 on Oct 29th. Pick up one of the stroller tickets for £10 and come and see the band play in the Elgar Room, 3:45-4:45pm. Plus there’s lots of other music to check out…
Paddy has been invited to play the prestigious Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise again in Jan 2014. The line-up is sensational and includes Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jnr, Eric Bibb, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Curtis Salgado and many more. What’s more, Paddy’s ongoing collaborator Marcus Bonfanti is also booked.
Paddy has been nominated in the JazzRadio 2012 polls in France. The competition is fierce so it would be an excellent achievement to win! YOU can help to vote by following the link below. The process is very quick, just click next to Paddy’s name and your vote will be recorded.
‘Going To See My Baby’ is currently No.1 on the official Jazz Radio charts in France! The track has been playlisted on TSF Jazz and played on many other stations including France Inter, France Culture, FIP Radio and more.
What a great trip! I was playing with Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band on 3 gigs in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre, but I stayed on an extra couple of days to check out the vibes of Sao Paulo. The gigs were great, with passionate audiences singing along and really vibing with the music. We checked out some great local music too, in particular the clubs with samba bands in the Vila Madelena district of Sao Paulo – really great music & atmosphere with dancing and nobody getting shit-faced and obnoxious like they can do in the UK. We managed to squeeze in a few hours at the beach, complete with obligatory caipirinhas, and also a game of footy between Corinthians and Vasco – samba drums playing throughout the whole match. The middle of Sao Paulo had a really great atmosphere, much more relaxed and cosmopolitan than I had envisioned of the city, although I imagine it would be a very different story in the poorer districts.
Buneos Aires had much more of a European feel about it – like Madrid, Barcelona perhaps. We didn’t have much time there but managed to squeeze in a steak bigger than our own heads, and a little of the nightlife. Porto Alegre was very relaxed although we were staying in a well-to-do leafy area which probably wasn’t representative of the whole city.
Oh, yes, I haven’t mentioned the beautiful girls…suffice to say it’s not a myth.
Anyway, here’s the ‘cast, hope it gives you a little feel for the trip:
The tour in Poland last week was great fun, with some lovely gigs in good venues. I ate so much food I could hardly walk, and spent some time with some lovely people. We spent quite a lot of time on the Polish public railway system which certainly seem to run more on time than in the good old UK. All in all, a great trip Here’s the Padcast: