Featuring: Kelcy Mae, Anders Osborne, Merry Clayton, Cyril Neville, and The Zion Harmonizers
Caleb Elliot & New Releases
CALEB ELLIOTT: The Nature Of His Plan Is To Believe
CD: Where You Wanna Be
At their best, pop songs conjure exactly what it’s like to be young. The stories are often simple. But they’re not so easy to write. Because the best pop songs take on the same themes as a great epic poem or a Wagnerian opera. Pop is about the loss of innocence.
Caleb Elliott is a singer-songwriter in Lafayette, Louisiana whose debut pop album is called, Where You Wanna Be. (Check out the video for “Speaking Of.”) He’s new to pop music, but as a classical cellist Caleb Elliott has already played Carnegie Hall.
He’s got a rarefied fan base. Collaborators on Elliott’s album include singer-songwriter Susan Cowsill and members of the reknowned bands Better Than Ezra, BeauSoleil, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.
Here’s a recording of Bon Rêve (Sweet Dream) we recorded while in the studio with Caleb Elliott, but weren’t able to include in the broadcast. It’s a really wonderful performance of a song written by Sam Broussard of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.
Our thanks to the staff of KRVS/Radio Acadie in Lafayette.
King of Tennessee
EP: The Fire
She’s a synthesizer with a pitch-perfect alt rock/alt country balance.
Kelcy Mae hasn’t been afraid to dig deep in her emotions to produce lyrics that go places other artists aren’t willing to go.
Born in Shreveport, she lives and performs in New Orleans and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans.
King of Tennessee
EP: Three Free Amigos
He was born in Sweden. His father was a drummer and jazz fan who played throughout Europe in a 60′s jazz combo.
Anders shared the traveling bug and eventually settled in New Orleans in 1990, though “settled” might be the wrong word, given the incendiary quality of his live shows.
He blends blues, funk, R&B, and soul to create his own stye.
This latest semi-acoustic EP is, in the words of one music writer, “uncharacteristically casual.”
CD: 20 Feet From Stardom (Soundtrack)
Hers is the haunting cry heard in the 1969 Rolling Stones’ hit “Gimme Shelter.” (Listen to her track in isolation.)
Mick Jagger says the band called her out of the blue in the middle of the night to record the track. Like a real pro, she showed up — even with pink curlers in her hair — and knocked the song out of the park and into the history of rock ‘n’ roll.
Jagger describes the song’s recording in this interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Merry Clayton is featured in the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” which documents, in the words of the filmmakers, “the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.”
Merry Clayton is also a solo artist and an actress. Her new album, The Best of Merry Clayton, showcases a beautiful and strong voice with an eclectic range, from “Keep Your Eyes on the Sparrow” to “Suspicious Minds.”
CD: Magic Honey
From his debut in 1970 to this very day, Neville has carried himself with style and sass.
He has co-writing credits with Bono, Taj Mahal and Daniel Lanois, among others.
The blood of musical royalty runs deep in this guy’s veins.
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But there’s nothing old-timey about them, they’re sounding as fresh today as we imagine they did back in 1939.
And true to their name, they still harmonize.
They’re blessed with an international reputation and have found a home in the heart of New Orleans.
A new album is on the way. Check out the free download available to you now.