Backstage interview with Lady Blackbird and Chris Seefried at the 100 Club

You can check out the full audio of a dressing room interview with singer Lady Blackbird and guitarist, producer, Chris Seefried here complete, don't say we don't spoil you, with the sound of roadies schlepping gear in and out banging about for a …

Published: 28 Aug 2021. Updated: 19 days.

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You can check out the full audio of a dressing room interview with singer Lady Blackbird and guitarist, producer, Chris Seefried here complete, don't say we don't spoil you, with the sound of roadies schlepping gear in and out banging about for a bit of atmosphere. Quotes from that chat with Lady B and Chris are below plus choice listening, and intriguing word on the Tony Joe that got away ahead of the September release of the formidable Black Acid Soul

Lady Blackbird on 'Blackbird': ''I discovered that song years ago. Where was I? The way I tell the story, I just used to play it on repeat, I remember being on a train overnight, and having that song on repeat. And it just really did something to me you know, when you just get that feeling it just resonated. Nina's so raw just dripping in reality and truth and strength.''

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For Black Acid Soul ''We had playlists after playlists that we would go in and listen to. We're eliminating then we're bringing 'em back you know to the potential. That was a process to when we finally dwindled down the list to what we have. It was some work. But we felt very strongly about being able to take them and reinterpret them and you know to give the proper, my, take on it, so it was very well thought out and a whole lot of listening sessions!''

Chris Seefried: ''If there was any word we used, it was jazz, to sort of have jazz interpretations of soul tunes, you know, deep soul cuts. Remember, like, in the old days, there were singers who did songs, and people talked about our great singers that would be the idea of presenting one of our greatest singers as that, you know, in a way that people could be a fan of the voice, first.''

And there's even more which didn't even make it on: tantalisingly a version of the Tony Joe White song 'Did Somebody Make a Fool Out of You?' (Homemade Ice Cream, Warner Bros 1973) was recorded but is not included on the album.

Lady Blackbird, top. Photo: Christine Solomon. Black Acid Soul is out this coming Friday on Foundation/BMG

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Track of the day: Chelsea Carmichael, There is You and You, Native Rebel ****

Go to Chelsea to burn the house down and there's some firestarting that you do not want to be extinguished that builds from a tight easy-to-wrap-your-ears-around riff and fans out into quite a day trip. With some choice Okumu-Herbert underpinning …

Published: 28 Aug 2021. Updated: 21 days.

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Go to Chelsea to burn the house down and there's some firestarting that you do not want to be extinguished that builds from a tight easy-to-wrap-your-ears-around riff and fans out into quite a day trip. With some choice Okumu-Herbert underpinning when the piece generates its own momentum and unravels there's a rampaging Sons of Kemet swagger to 'There is You and You' new from Chelsea Carmichael here on tenor saxophone, the Kemet connection overt given that Shabaka Hutchings produced and the Kemets ex-Orient House Ensemble drummer Eddie Hick simmers and stirs throughout. There's a rawness to Carmichael (the Hendersonian Meiliana Gillard shares with her a sense of edge even when the idiom is different) that comes across and a lot of power. And after a little, yes, honking from Carmichael, Okumu's seriously dirty guitar solo around the three-and-a-half minute mark will rouse you from your stupor and probably up to punch the air and steal the available light. SG. Chelsea Carmichael photo: Adama Jalloh