Newton Faulkner “Teardrop” review, watch video + tour dates (highly recommended)

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner is set to release his cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”, off of debut album, ‘Hand Built By Robots’ on December 10, 2007. The first time that I heard the name Newton Faulkner, for some reason I pictured …

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner is set to release his cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”, off of his debut album, ‘Hand Built By Robots’ on December 10, 2007.

The first time that I heard the name Newton Faulkner, for some reason I pictured an older conservative type with short hair, playing music that wouldn’t excite.

I was way off. Newton Faulkner is a young, twenty-something with dreads, soulful vocals, catchy tunes and is a brilliant guitarist. That’s what I found out when I first watched the video for his single, “UFO”.

Newton Faulkner is indeed making a name for himself, with a steadily growing fan base, a #1 platinum album and sell-out UK tours. It’s interesting that he would choose to go for a cover of someone else’s song, after the success he’s had with his own original releases. Some might say it’s a daring move, and loyal Massive Attack fans may not be as receptive to Newton’s “Teardrop” – at first.

I’ve been listening to Newton’s version for the last few days. He’s done such a good rendition of the song, that I found it difficult remembering the original, and actually think it sounds more like a Crosby, Stills and Nash song with a modern twist, than Massive Attack’s own version from 1998.

Watch Newton Faulkner – “Teardrop” video:

It’s amazing what Newton has done with the song. He’s given it a rustic feel and great harmonies.

If you played his acoustic version from his live shows for someone who wasn’t familiar with it (there are quite a few live “Teardrop” performances on YouTube), I bet they would find it easy to believe that it could be something from the late 60’s, Woodstock era.

Newton Faulkner – Teardrop on amazon.co.uk

Newton’s live shows are highly recommended!

Shows for 2008 are already beginning to sell out, so if you want to go, book early!

Newton Faulkner 2008 tour dates:

Dates and information could change! Go to Newton Faulkner’s Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.

7 January 2008 Paradiso – Amsterdam
8 January 2008 Doornroosje – Nijmegen
9 January 2008 Tivoli – Utrecht
14 January 2008 Uptown Bar – Minneapolis
15 January 2008 Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto
16 January 2008 Radio Radio – Indianapolis
21 January 2008 Soiled Dove – Denver, Colorado
24 January 2008 Joe’s Pub – New York
29 January 2008 Hotel Cafe – Los Angeles, California
21 February 2008 University SOLD OUT Exeter
22 February 2008 Guildhall – Portsmouth
23 February 2008 Corn Exchange SOLD OUT Cambridge
24 February 2008 Academy – Birmingham
26 February 2008 Academy – Newcastle
27 February 2008 Music Hall – Aberdeen
28 February 2008 Barrowlands – Glasgow
29 February 2008 University – Leeds
2 March 2008 Apollo – Manchester
3 March 2008 University – Liverpool
5 March 2008 Roundhouse SOLD OUT London
6 March 2008 Roundhouse – London
7 March 2008 Colston Hall – Bristol
9 March 2008 St Georges Hall – Belfast
10 March 2008 Dublin Olympia – Dublin

Newton Faulkner Official Website
Newton Faulkner on Myspace

By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs

Sheryl Crow Hits and Rarities album review

Sheryl Crow

As a fan of multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, I can tell you that the new ‘Sheryl Crow Hits and Rarities’ double disc set is a welcome addition to my CD collection. Opening track “All I Wanna Do” is a reminder of Sheryl’s first big hit …

Sheryl Crow

As a fan of multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, I can tell you that the new ‘Sheryl Crow Hits and Rarities’ double disc set is a welcome addition to my CD collection.

Opening track “All I Wanna Do” is a reminder of Sheryl’s first big hit, from her 1993 debut album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. She’s come a long way since then, releasing numerous hits and she continues to be one of the most active and hard working performers in music today.

The first CD is jam packed with 18 tracks that includes some of my Sheryl Crow favorites like “My Favorite Mistake” (The Globe Sessions), “The First Cut Is The Deepest” (The Very Best of Sheryl Crow), “Strong Enough” (Tuesday Night Music Club), “Run Baby Run” (Tuesday Night Music Club), Sheryl’s cover of the Guns N Roses hit “Sweet Child O’Mine” (C’mon C’mon) and the rare addition of her James Bond theme song “Tomorrow Never Dies”.

The bonus CD includes “The Difficult Kind” and “Riverwide” live from Budokan, a great acoustic version of her Aimee Mann-esque “Where Has All The Love Gone” (Wildflower), “Everyday is a Winding Road” acoustic version from AOL Live and “Keep On Growing”.

The one song missing that I would have liked included would have been “Home” from the ‘Sheryl Crow’ album, but it’s just a matter of reaching for my CD case for that one.

The bonus disc also features live tracks from the Japanese venue Budokan, non-album tracks, radio sessions including Sheryl performing an acoustic version of “Steve McQueen” on live radio Portugal and an excellent live performance of “Run Baby Run” with Eric Clapton & Orchestra.

Two thumbs up!

Sheryl Crow Hits and Rarities album on Play.com

Sheryl Crow Official Website

Related: Sheryl Crow Shine Over Babylon review + watch video clip

By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs

King Creosote and Ruarri Joseph review – Carling Academy Oxford

King Creosote

Last night I went to the King Creosote and Ruarri Joseph gig at the Carling Academy in Oxford. It was a great night of entertainment. Read the review! […]

King Creosote

Last night I went to the King Creosote and Ruarri Joseph gig at the Carling Academy in Oxford. It was a great night of entertainment.

First to address the new Carling Academy Oxford. This was the first time that I had been back to the venue since the renovations that took place over the summer were completed.

Some people that I’ve spoken to about the new ownership of the club still refuse to call it anything other than The Zodiac. I can understand that, since it had been “The Zodiac” and locally owned for a few years.

It always takes time to adjust to change – especially when a large establishment “takes over” a venue and local bands might be affected by the change. Hopefully there will be plenty of nights that will cater to local bands there, as well as opportunities for them to have support slots for bigger acts that come through.

The show was held upstairs with half the room closed off, which made for an intimate evening of music and entertainment. I’m not sure if it’s always closed off up there now, but either way, there was enough room to move for a Monday night out in Oxford.

Cornish based singer/songwriter Ruarri Joseph opened the night with an acoustic set which included singles, “Patience” and “Blankets” off of his latest album, ‘Tales Of Grime And Grit’ out on Atlantic Records.

Ruarri has a very soulful voice and his stage persona is charming. I enjoyed his banter in between songs and there were a few times when he was singing that I thought of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). The crowd was receptive – and seemed to enjoy his music, as did I.

Ruarri Joseph Official Website
Ruarri Joseph on Myspace

King Creosote from Fife, Scotland closed out the night beginning the set with an acoustic number and then the band came on – guitar, drums and bass.

(Read the King Creosote interview!)

I was quite excited to see King Creosote, or Kenny Anderson as he’s known. Maybe the fact that his brother Gordon, who was a founding member of The Beta Band, and is currently in one of my favorite bands The Aliens, had something to do with it. I love musical connections and this is a pretty cool one.

The songs varied from slow ballads to rocking out as a four piece band. The musicians were good – the banter was funny. You could tell they were having a good time. Anderson mentioned he had a late night out on the lash in Oxford the night before and ended up in some hotel room – which would have been an interesting night, I’m sure. The audience laughed quite a bit at his humor and honesty when he mentioned low record sales. He’s certainly not shy and it’s easy to warm to him immediately.

There were times when the music was tinged with an American folk feel – and when Kenny put down his guitar to play the accordion, it added a nice layer to the set.

The closer of the night was – go figure – a cover of The Aliens’ high energy single, “The Happy Song”. I loved it.

King Creosote will be playing a few more gigs in the UK on this tour. Go see them if you can!

King Creosote Official Website
King Creosote on Myspace

By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs

Stephen Fretwell ‘Man On The Roof’ out now + UK tour dates

Stephen Fretwell

Stephen Fretwell is the real deal. With his latest release, ‘Man On The Roof’, out on Fiction Records, he brings to the table a classic sound, sometimes reminiscent of early Dylan and even Joe Strummer – but he’s his own man and is certainly not a carbon copy of anyone […]

Stephen Fretwell

Stephen Fretwell is the real deal. With his latest release, ‘Man On The Roof’, out on Fiction Records, he brings to the table a classic sound, sometimes reminiscent of early Dylan and even Joe Strummer – but he’s his own man and is certainly not a carbon copy of anyone. I’m digging his voice – so refreshing, and whether acoustic or with a full band, the music and the songwriting accompanying it is superb.

I think he would be a brilliant act to see play live, and luckily for his fans and people new to his music, Stephen Fretwell is set to tour the UK, with dates scheduled for this month starting October 9th, 2007 in Cardiff.

Here’s just a handful of what people are saying about Stephen Fretwell:

“One of Britain’s finest new singer-songwriters”**** Q magazine

“Man on the Roof…teams with wit, originality, sharpness and pathos, with stand-out tracks including Darlin’ Don’t, Funny Hat, She and San Francisco Blues. Wonderful”**** Sunday Times Culture

“reaffirm(s) his disarming ability to squeeze beauty out of fuzzy headed regret”**** Mojo

“A superb storyteller”**** The Times

“a gifted musician from the same school of delicate strumming that gave us Ryan Adams and Harry Nilsson.”**** London Lite

“(the songs are) delivered with such soft passion that you believe them, because you believe him”**** The Fly

Stephen Fretwell UK tour dates for October 2007:
With support from Simone White and Lazybones

Dates could change! Go to Stephen Fretwell’s Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.

9th October, Cardiff, Point 02920 230130
10th October, Birmingham, Barfly 0870 907 0999
11th October, Brighton, Digital 01273 606312
13th October, Oxford, Zodiac 0870 771 2000
14th October, Bristol, Thekla 08713 100 000
15th October, London, Cadogan Hall 020 7403 3331
16th October, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms 08713 100 000
18th October, Liverpool, Barfly Theatre 0870 907 0999
19th October, Sheffield, Leadmill 0870 010 4555
20th October, Manchester, Academy 2 0161 832 1111
22nd October, Glasgow, Classic Grand 0870 1690 100
23rd October, Newcastle, Northumbria Uni Stage 2 0191 227 4757
24th October, Leeds, Irish Centre 0113 2444 600
24hr cc hotline 0871 2200 260 or buy online at www.gigsandtours.com
26th October, Belfast, Limelight £12 0818 719300 or www.ticketmaster.ie
27th October, Derry, Nerve Centre £12 Box office as above
28th October, Dublin, Sugar Club €15.50 Box office as above

For more information go to:

Stephen Fretwell Official Website
Stephen Fretwell on Myspace

By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs

Laurel Zucker and Mark Delpriora-Romanza Andaluza for Flute and Guitar

Laurel Zucker and Mark DelprioraThe flute and acoustic guitar are very compatible. In the realm of classical music, it can be a beautiful marriage between two delicate instruments. Laurel Zucker (flute) and Mark Delpriora (guitar) meld their musical minds for a beautiful recording of classical compositions. The musicians take a page out the books of many influential composers such as Joaquin Rodrigo and Enrique Granados. Because the heritage of the composers is Spanish, the recording carries with it a very strong flavoring of classical Spanish influence throughout.

Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar is supports the Spanish composer’s work very well. Each composer is different and the succinct Spanish atmosphere and culture comes through nicely through the two musicians own interpretations. Each present their vision clearly, Delpriora’s through his excellent guitar playing and Zucker via her airy and alluring tones from her flute. The two combined are like listening to a slice of heaven.
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