Festive 50 – Neko Case Live at BBC Maida Vale

Re-up by request – August 2014, appropriate day to post too.

NekoCase Live Maida Vale

Back in 2000 Neko Case and Her Boyfriends topped the Peel Festive 50 with their track Twist the Knife here’s a bootleg of that performance, the quality is not the best but still it’s a fine listen with tracks from the Furnace Room Lullaby album along with a great selection of covers including the Everly Brothers Bowling Green that appeared on The Virginian album, Bessie Griffin’s Lord Don’t Move the Mountain after which Loose (I assume it’s the same Loose) get a shout out, Aretha Franklin’s Runnin’ Out of Fools and Look for Me (I’ll Be Around) by Ketty Lester

Neko Case – Set Out Running

Neko Case – Bowling Green

Here’s the two tracks that start and end the session, you can get the whole thing Live At BBC Maida Vale.

Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

Laura Cantrell - No Way There From Here

Alt-country chanteuse and John Peel favourite Laura Cantrell has released her latest album No Way There From Here on Spit & Polish, the album follows the wonderful tribute covers collection Kitty Wells Dresses, for her new album the New York City-based singer-songwriter wrote or had a hand in 11 of 12 songs that appear on the album including co-writes with the wonderful Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura for Glass Armour and Amy Allison on Can’t Wait two of the albums stand-out tracks, the one cover song on the album is Beg or Borrow Days written by Jennifer O’Connor.

It’s being eight years since her last album of original material but the writing, arrangements and Laura’s voice have lost none of that magic and the album is a real delight and every bit as good as her acclaimed earlier recordings, for No Way Here From There Laura returned to her home-town to record at Nashville’s Beech House Studios – but not before road-testing the songs on her friends and collaborators at the Radio Free Song Club – if you’re not familiar with Laura’s music I’d highly recommend further investigation you won’t be disappointed, there are a series of downloads here to get you started.

I’m running more than a little behind on blog posts at the moment so some of the info on tour dates is a little too close, so my apologies, but here are the dates for the short UK tour if you want to catch a show.

October 3, Glee Club, Nottingham
October 4, Glasgow Americana Festival, St. Andrews In The Square
October 5, Little Theatre Gateshead, Newcastle, Jumpin’ Hot Club
October 7, Sheffield City Hall
October, 8 Glee Club, Birmingham
October 9, Bristol, St. Bonaventures
October 10, Union Chapel, London

Buy the album at Amazon

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Festive 50 – Neko Case Live at BBC Maida Vale

Re-up by request – August 2014

NekoCase Live Maida Vale

Back in 2000 Neko Case and Her Boyfriends topped the Peel Festive 50 with their track Twist the Knife here’s a bootleg of that performance, the quality is not the best but still it’s a fine listen with tracks from the Furnace Room Lullaby album along with a great selection of covers including the Everly Brothers Bowling Green that appeared on The Virginian album, Bessie Griffin’s Lord Don’t Move the Mountain after which Loose (I assume it’s the same Loose) get a shout out, Aretha Franklin’s Runnin’ Out of Fools and Look for Me (I’ll Be Around) by Ketty Lester

Neko Case – Set Out Running

Neko Case – Bowling Green

Here’s the two tracks that start and end the session, you can get the whole thing Live At BBC Maida Vale.

Laura Cantrell – Beyond Country







(Photo from Laura’s homepage)

DJ and singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell gained a lot of fans in the UK after getting the highest of praise from the venerable broadcaster and all around good guy John Peel. Cantrell’s debut album Not the Tremblin’ Kind was described by Peel as My favourite record of the last ten years and possibly my life is an LP by a New York woman born in Nashville called Laura Cantrell. It’s country, and I don’t know why I like it, but it has the same sort of effect on me as Roy Orbison had in the ’60s.”

Cantrell went on to record five sessions for Peel between February 2001 and December 2003, some of the tracks from those sessions are available to download along with a choice selection of others at Cantrell’s website.

Here’s a trio of tracks including the title track from the 2002 release When the Roses Bloom Again to go with them, recorded from Laura’s appearance on Mountain Stage in November 2007
Laura Cantrell – Conqueror’s Song
Laura Cantrell – When the Roses Bloom Again
Laura Cantrell – Early Years

Laura is also involved with the Radio Free Song Project and has just released a track that is a collaboration with Amy Allison and Mark Spencer, Kitty Wells’ Dresses

Buy Laura Cantrell at Amazon / eMusic
Radio Free Song Club Podcast
More Peel @ John Peel Everyday

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