DAY BREAKS FOR NORAH JONES
On October 7, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Norah Jones returns to her signature sound with her seventh album Day Breaks. After experimenting with hip-hop and rock, this record is Jones’ rediscovery of the piano.
“I have a piano in my kitchen,” she tells BBC about her small upright piano. “It has tons of bills on top, and mail that hasn’t been opened— a breeding ground for clutter. But it gets played a lot because it’s in the kitchen, the heart of the house.”
The album is a noticeable return to the jazzy Jones, who admits being “inspired to play.”
“I love the piano, but I moved away from it. It’s nice to break your patterns by playing other instruments, and just be inspired by other things. But I find when I do write on piano, the songs tend to go more towards this direction – you know, whatever the feel of this record is,” Jones adds.
In the past few years, the artist recorded tracks with Outkast, Foo Fighters and Jack White, and supported Neil Young on tour with her alt-country band Puss ’N Boots. Her interest in jazz was reignited in Washington, DC two years ago, when she took part in a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the legendary Blue Note record label.
On stage, she got to play with one of her idols, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and all-star rhythm section John Patitucci (bass) and Brian Blade (drums). Thrilled by the experience, Jones arranged to get the band into the studio with her.
“I’m a bit rusty – but it’s my record, and I wanted it to sound like me and that is me,” she says.
CADILLAC THREE’S BURY ME IN MY BOOTS
The Cadillac Three is a rising country band best known for bringing the element of redneck Southern rock to mainstream country.
Comprised of Jaren Johnston on lead guitar/vocals, Kelby Ray on lap steel, and Neil Mason on percussion, the Nashville natives first met in high school. They went on to play with a variety of bands, coming together a decade ago and first touring under the name Cadillac Black. Before switching to the Cadillac Three, the boys forged their characteristic sound and continue to draw from their chemistry.
“The history shows on stage,” says Kelby Ray. “We have chemistry. No tracks, just us having a fun time. It’s the real deal. No faking it.”
Just last month, they released their long-awaited second album Bury Me In My Boots, released its first single Drunk Like You to radio, is currently on tour with country mega-stars Florida Georgia Line, and is preparing to headline its own Don’t Forget the Whiskey tour in Europe this fall.
“Part of what makes us different is we play the music we want to,” says Ray. “We’ve stumbled onto something different, especially doing the lap steel. That makes it country, but it’s our own Southern version of that. It’s out of the box.”
LADY GAGA’S JOANNE
Lady Gaga will be releasing, Joanne, her fifth album on October 21.
Gaga, who released the collection’s first track Perfect Illusion in mid-September, told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that the album was “actually going to be done in the next 48 hours.” She goes on to say that she has been collaborating with producer Mark Ronson and tinkering on the final track.
Florence Welch is the only listed guest on Joanne, appearing on Hey Girl. However, the album also features contributions from Josh Homme, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, producer BloodPop and Mark Ronson (on Perfect Illusion), Father John Misty (Sinner’s Prayer) and Beck on an undisclosed track.
Gaga admits, “there’s definitely a bittersweetness to [finishing the album],” but acknowledges “this isn’t the end just the end of this moment. It’s also the beginning of this moment.”
The album named after Gaga’s father’s late sister. “When Mark and I wrote it, the decision to name the album that was in tribute to my father’s sister who died when she was 19,” she said.
“As I returned to my home life and spending time with my friends and family and getting out of the mainstream limelight for a minute, the experiences of our family and our challenges that make us who we are,” Gaga said of her new LP. “It’s everything about Joanne… it’s all the toughness of the pain of losing her that made us all strong and made us who we are. She is the woman of my past who is becoming and helping me bring more of my honest woman self into the future.”
Rockin’ Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jake has conjured up this formula that is blowing crowds away from coast to coast. Catch up with Jake on:
– October 1: 7 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
– October 30: 4 pm at Dixie Fish Co. in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– October 31: 6 pm at Dixie Fish Co. in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
GARY & KERRI
Gary & Kerri is a dynamic musical duo mixing country and rock-n-roll! Gary Harvey is a guitar player that has played with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters and Willie Nelson. Kerri Lynn fell in love with music while singing in her church choir, and since then catapulted into the top 40 scene. She sang backup for Rod Stewart and has musical influences including everything from Patsy Cline to Melissa Etheridge. Enjoy the sweet sounds of Gary & Kerri on:
– October 16: 3 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
Australia’s “First Lady of the Blues,” Anni Piper, has been described as “raw and raucous, right on, down and dirty, down under playing of the blues” according to The Illinois Times. Her sultry vocals have attracted many and produced records including: Texas Hold ‘Em (2007), Two’s Company (2009), Chasin Tail (2010), and in 2013, Split Second.
– October 16: 4 pm at Dixie Fish Co. in Fort Myers Beach, FL.