Keeping It Physical.

The Cautionary Tale of Cox McQueen is now on Spotify, iTunes and others. But the full album is still only available as a physical CD through the website. Streaming is clearly a thing of wonder but we like to keep it real, something you can touch and turn around in your hands, and admire the artwork. Here are a couple of links.

Making Friends in London.

Just back from a weekend in London where I got to meet the hugely talented (and very lovely) Edward and Melani Rogers and John Howard. It was upstairs at The Lexington on Pentonville Road. Melani was busy making last minute arrangements and Edward Rogers and his band were adjusting their microphones on stage. I spotted John Howard close by, unmistakeable with his long hair and beard. He had a light jumper draped over his shoulders. I think that was because of the coldness of the weather – John now lives in the sunnier climes of Spain.

Rogers and Butler opened with songs from their new EP, Diana Dors. I’d already streamed it several several times but on stage, with Ed’s live energy and warm banter, the songs exploded into life. The trio were quite a powerhouse. When they played Seven Hour Man, Ed joked that he’d been a 7 hour-man himself once.

John Howard took the stage last, and it was hardly able to contain the extraordinary beauty and strength of his voice. Solo and at a keyboard he opened with Kid In A Big World, his hit from the 70s. It was sublimely beautiful and nostalgic. The audience, old friends and newcomers like me, lapped it up.

I felt privileged. Great songs, great storytelling, and great music, powerful at times and intimate at others. And to top it all, Edward and Melani and John were the sweetest of people with me – very generous with their love and friendship. One of my best nights, for sure.

On The Guest List!

It’s great when the world feels like it’s opening up to you. I’m getting so much great feedback and getting invited to meet lovely people. There’s going to be a great show at The Lexington in London, 13 April and I can hardly wait. John Howard’s going to be there. And Rogers & Butler. John Howard now lives in Spain and this is his only UK show this year. And Rogers and Butler are New York based. And I’m on the guest list. Can you believe it. Feeling real cool about it.

Something for every mood.

One of the comments I get on the CD is that it’s a great mood changer, with its upbeat quirky sound. And because it tells a tale, there’s a mix of styles from song to song. Last night, Radio Augusta played, Silver Gown and Golden Vest, Cowboy Joe Radio played Noonday Sun, and Voice of The Valley played Fiddle and The Cheshire Cat. Others have played Lovers for The Weak and so on. Something for everyone. At the moment, I’m feeling Heather Makes Her face – a bit at a loose end (but hopeful). How cool! A CD with something for every mood.

Radio Augusta voice intro

Recorded a voice intro for Radio Augusta this morning. And then tried to forget all about music. It’s just that I’ve been so busy lately. I mowed the lawn, in a fresh breeze and under a bright blue sky. It felt so revitalising. And the garden looks great now. The afternoon I spent mooching around and lunched out – mash and pie and peas. And now that the evening’s here, I’m ready to pick up my guitar again. Later tonight, I’ll tune into the radio station to see how the voice intro worked out and see what song they play. That’ll be about 10.45pm onwards (UK time).

Magic Music

So enjoying being on Lord Litter’s Magic Music Box International. It’s such a great show with such a great line-up of independent artists from around the globe. My song is nearly always played next to John Howard’s. You might know him from his huge 70s album, A Kid In A Big World. Lord Litter must have his reasons for this Anyway, here’s a link to the latest show. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a round up of great music from free-thinking artists.

So Busy

So busy with promotions that not been rehearsing. I must make more time for the guitar and singing. On the plus side, though, making lots of radio contacts. It’s great the way one new contact leads to another. It’s like a long line of dominoes. John Howard, A Kid In A Big World, put me onto a new radio show today. Looking forward to how that will play out. It’s a good one. Anyway, at the moment I’m tuned into The Face Radio. They go out from New York. And tonight at 7pm (UK time) they have a show that’s also playing my song, Heather Makes Her Face.

Blew myself away today!

Just heard my CD, The Cautionary Tale of Cox McQueen, played on the radio from start to finish. At the risk of blowing my own trumpet – Wow! How cool did it sound. (By the way, on the CD it’s someone else playing the trumpet.) Can’t thank Radio Arzuk enough. Gonzalo Arzamendi, you have my eternal following, through the bad times and the good.