Rhodes - photo credit: Steve Holley

An Evening With Rhodes

Last Friday I was amongst a lucky number of fans to get to hang out with one of the UK’s most talented songwriter artists. Rhodes’ new album dropped on March 1st and it was somehow apt that St. David’s Day was the album launch day for an artist named David who some would say has the voice of an Angel.

Songs Through The Darkness at The Lafayette

There have been several instances in the life of Henry Grace where the light at the end of the tunnel was music, a beacon to hang on to when life became too much to comprehend and depression filled the void. This week at The Lafayette, surely one of London’s outstanding musical venues, he became that light as he not only starred in but organised a magical night of music featuring Jamie Lawson and Elles Bailey alongside his considerable talent.

Steve Holley Speaks With Incredible UK Singer Songwriter, Elles Bailey

When you watch some artists perform, one of their songs might spring to mind. For me, and this is more because I’d never seen the artist play live before, a song by Carrie Underwood sprang to mind! When Elles Bailey takes to the stage with her husky blues country voice rocking a to die for jump suit and takes a live audience along for the ride, the only song I could think of was ‘Poor Everybody Else’, in fact I think Elles would do an awesome cover of it. I was lucky enough to see this UK artist smash The Black Deer Festival recently and can’t wait to see her play again. Until then, I got to ask her a few questions. 

This Weekend’s Black Deer Festival Was A Triumph, And Supporting It Might Just Save Music As You Know It!

There must have been something prophetic about the lyrics of a Drake White song back in 2016, when he sang “nobody’s talking but we’re all on the phone”. The song ‘Back to Free’ is a song  from country artist Drake and he was one of the stars on Sunday at Kent’s ever more popular Americana, Country and Roots Black Deer Festival but I’m sure even he wouldn’t have foreseen the looming shadow of technology on music as well as our departure from the things that make life and making memories special.

Steve Holley Speaks With Irish Artist Mark Caplice About His Music, Working With The Recording Academy On ‘Re-Imagined At Home’, And What’s Coming Next

Mark Caplice is a multi award winning songwriter, producer and artist from County Wicklow in Ireland who first came to my attention when I heard the amazing work he did on Megan O’Neill’s stunning rendition of the Jim Croce classic ‘Time in a Bottle’. This was evidently just the tip of the iceberg of this man’s talent and this fact was amplified by last year’s partnership with the Recording Academy.

Black Deer Festival Has Real Strength In Depth!

It’s beginning to occur to me that festivals are a bit like watching good sports teams. I like to see a few star names in the line up, I enjoy a chance to see the young hungry artists coming through but I think the thing that really makes a great festival is the strength in depth and Black Deer has become that rare place that satisfies all of my needs.

A Very Irish Weekend With Pete Gardiner and Nathan Carter.

Steve Holley spent an extended St Patrick’s Day weekend listening to Irish music – first singer songwriter Pete Gardiner, and then Irish Country artist, Nathan Carter.

Henry Grace Brings ‘Alive in America’ To Intimate Venue OMEARA With Real Style – Saturday 4th March 2023

Steve Holley visited Omeara last weekend and discovered a new favourite artist in Henry Grace.

Ben Abraham Is Back In London To Play ‘Friendly Fire’ At Lovely Venue, Lafayette

Last week, almost a year to the day after his live performance at Omeara, Ben Abraham came back to London to play songs from his latest brilliant album, ‘Friendly Fire’, to an adoring audience who braved the pouring Autumn rain to fill Lafayette to see these hugely moving songs sung live.

Matt Stell Chats With Us About Making Music After Lockdown, And His Upcoming UK Visit As He Announces A Headline Tour Of The United States.

Matt Stell is one of those Country stars who have been quietly making great music for a while but it was the platinum selling…

Simeon Hammond Dallas Wows Audiences At Her EP Launch In London And Then Opens At The Long Road Festival.

I first heard of Simeon through friends who had seen her perform at The Black Deer Festival and been wowed by her versatility and stunning vocals and so when I was able to see her sing live at her sell out EP launch at The Lexington in late August I jumped at the chance.

As we celebrate the historic Lionesses, four outstanding artists release a classic cover in honour of the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, the original Lioness.

Marie Naffah, Celine Love. Fox Gunn and Viia have joined their incredible talents to create something very powerful indeed, following on from their acoustic charity release, they are releasing this stunning produced version of the Aretha Franklin classic, ‘Natural Woman’, which will quite simply take your breath away.