quote:Series 46 - Episode 1 of 7
Joining Jools on the first show are Blur, making a welcome return to the show after an absence of 15 years. They perform a number of tracks from upcoming album The Magic Whip, their first new LP in 16 years as a four-piece, which began recording during an unscheduled touring break in Hong Kong back in 2013.
Also returning to the show is English singer-songwriter Laura Marling whose fifth album Short Movie sees her move into a more electric direction and is inspired by her ongoing voyage of discovery.
London foursome the Vaccines return with songs from their soon-to-be-released third album, the David Fridmann-produced English Graffiti. From Mali, Songhoy Blues are a young desert blues punk band whose influences have been described as ranging from Malian greats such as Ali Farka Toure and Baba Salah to Hendrix and R&B. They are performing a couple of tunes from their debut Music In Exile, produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame.
From Richmond, Virginia is Natalie Prass, whose self-titled debut album is full of slow-burning soul music and lovesick harmonies and was highly acclaimed on its release at the beginning of the year. Minnesota's jazz blues quartet Davina and the Vagabonds are also in the studio, with a tune or two from their recent Sunshine album.
Completing the line-up is singer-songwriter and member of Soft Cell Marc Almond, who joins Jools at the piano for a chat.
quote:Series 46 Live - Episode 2 of 7
Joining Jools is US musician and producer George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, who revolutionized R&B during the 1970s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from the likes of Hendrix, Zappa and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine had huge success over the 70s including their million-selling iconic track One Nation Under A Groove.
Two hugely successful British acts also perform on the show. London folk-rock outfit Mumford & Sons return to debut tracks from their upcoming third studio album Wilder Mind, which sees the band take a turn down a more electric sounding road. And Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds also return to the show to perform tracks from second album Chasing Yesterday, which topped the chart back in February.
Making her UK TV debut is 27-year-old Mirel Wagner, born in Ethiopia and raised in Finland. Her songs have been described as gloomy blues & folk stripped down to the bone. She performs a track from her second LP When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, recent winner of the 2014 Nordic Music Prize.
Obaro Ejimiwe, aka south London's Ghostpoet, performs a couple of tracks from his third 'moody alt-rock' album Shedding Skin.
Completing the line-up is Senegalese musician Cheikh Lô, who performs a track from his upcoming album Balbalou.
quote:Series 46 Episode 3 of 7
Joining Jools from London are Florence and the Machine who return to the show to debut tracks from their upcoming third album How Big How Blue How Beautiful, the Charlatans return to the studio for the first time in seven years to play a couple of numbers from recently released Modern Nature, their twelfth album and first since founding member Jon Brookes died of brain cancer two years ago.
Originally from Boston, classic US singer-songwriter James Taylor has made his first album of original material in 13 years and will be on the show to perform a couple of songs from his upcoming seventeenth studio album Before This World. From Los Angeles, with a glam-rock feel, Mini Mansions are Zach Dawes, Tyler Parkford, and Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, making their debut on the show with a couple of numbers from their acclaimed second album The Great Pretenders.
Soulful south Londoner Andreya Triana is stepping into the limelight after building her career collaborating with many artists and producers with her second album Giants, which has been described as an 'elegant melting pot of styles, sounds and themes effortlessly brought together by a voice both distinct and timeless in equal measure'. Completing the line-up from Kansas are Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, a mother-and-son duo consisting of singer-guitarist and songwriter Madisen Ward and his mother Ruth, also on vocals and guitar, which combines strong songwriting and neo-soul vocals.
quote:Series 46 - Episode 4 of 7
Joining Jools are FFS, a collaboration between Scots art-poppers Franz Ferdinand and legendary Los Angeles new-wave duo Sparks, who first talked about joining forces around the time of Franz's debut in 2004 - but it's taken until now for them to record an album together. Returning to the show following their 2012 debut are US band Alabama Shakes, who have just released their second and well-received album Sound & Color, which sees them take more of deep-soul route, channelling the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-country trio the Lone Bellow will be in the studio to perform a couple of tracks from their second album Then Came The Morning. Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr will be making his UK TV debut on this week's show, with tunes from his acclaimed debut album Goon, which sees him tapping into the songwriting lineage of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman. Northumberland chamber folk group The Unthanks perform tracks from Mount the Air, their first studio album in four years. Completing the line-up is English soul and R&B singer Shaun Escoffery, making his Later debut with tracks from In the Red Room.
quote:Series 46 - Episode 5 of 7
Joining Jools on the show is UK legend Paul Weller, who is about to release his twelth solo album Saturns Pattern, which sees him voyaging further along on his seemingly unending musical purple patch.
From Rockville, Maryland, Father John Misty makes his UK TV debut on the show with a couple of tunes from his highly acclaimed I Love You Honeybear album, which he claims is a concept album about himself, and finds him getting up to no end of regrettable behaviour.
Making a welcome return to the show is east London-based Lianne La Havas, whose Later debut back in 2011 wowed Bon Iver so much, he took her on tour, and she's also played host to Prince in her own living room. Lianne is unveiling tracks from her upcoming second album, Blood.
From Atlanta, Curtis Harding, who is the son of a gospel singer, showcases tracks from his debut album Soul Power, which has seen him compared to the likes of Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and TV On The Radio.
From New York, The Hot Sardines with a sound that is steeped in hot jazz and gypsy swing - 'a slice of between-the-wars Paris via New Orleans'. And from Derry, Northern Ireland, rising young singer-songwriter SOAK with a song from her debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream.
quote:Series 46 - Episode 6 of 7
Joining Jools on the show are south London's bass merchants Rudimental, who return to the studio to perform tracks from their upcoming second album, the follow-up to their best-selling Mercury- and Brit-nominated debut, Home.
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Simply Red play a couple of tunes from their first new album in eight years, Big Love, plus one of their classics and from north London comes rapper and grime artist Skepta with his breakout tune Shutdown.
Currently on what is billed as her last tour of the UK, legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is also in the room with a song or two from her catalogue. From Fort Worth, Texas, comes Leon Bridges, who is steeped in the look of the 1950s drive-in with a voice in the style of Sam Cooke and performs a couple of tracks from his upcoming Coming Home LP. Also in the studio, from Illinois, is Ezra Furman, who recently signed to London's Bella Union label. He has been described as a 'ball of energy, bouncing around genre borders with glee', and with his group performs a couple of numbers in the style of 'the rebellion of 90s indie rock, a string of sunshine-y 80s pop, and the snarl of 70s punk'.
quote:Series 46 - Episode 7 of 7
Joining Jools on the final show of this series are Devon's global musical export Muse, debuting tracks from their upcoming seventh studio album Drones, which singer Matt Bellamy has described as the band 'going back to a more rock sound'.
Jazz and blues chanteuse Melody Gardot returns to the show to perform tracks from her upcoming fourth album Currency of Man, which sees her take on a new musical direction that harks back to 60s Nina Simone, the songs moving through fat fuzzed electric guitars, wailing horns, pulsing bass lines and direct lyrics.
Originally from Olympia, Washington, Sleater-Kinney were part of the riot grrrl scene of the late 90s and released seven albums until going on a hiatus in 2006. In 2015 they released their first album in a decade, No Cities to Love, to great acclaim, and the trio perform a couple of tracks from it on the show.
Jools also chats to Giorgio Moroder, producer extraordinaire and the man behind such hits as Donna Summer's I Feel Love and Phil Oakey's Together in Electric Dreams.
Also on the final show of the series is US folk music royalty and leading figure of the British folk revival Peggy Seeger, who performs a track from her recent Everything Changes album, which draws on her forte as a songwriter. Making her TV debut is London-based, dreamy balladeer Ala.Ni, whose songs hark back to the 40s and 50s, albeit with a personal, contemporary touch.
Completing the line-up is US blues musician and bona fide star here in his adopted country, Seasick Steve, who returns with more elemental blues boogie and folk, picking from his latest and Top 5 album Sonic Soul Surfer.
quote:Joining Jools on the fifth show of this run is ultimate frontman and all-round icon Iggy Pop, who finally makes his live debut on the show with tracks from his recent and 17th studio album Post Pop Depression, recorded with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. Josh joins Iggy on the show along with fellow QOTSA band member Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. French rock 'n' roll chanteuse Lou Doillon, daughter of singer Jane Birkin and director Jacques Doillon, is in the studio with her band to perform a couple of numbers from her second album Lay Low.
Also on the show is Jamaican reggae revival/hip-hop star Protoje, who had great success with his 2015 track Who Knows (featuring Chronixx), which became one of the biggest reggae crossover tracks out there and launched Protoje as the breakthrough artist in reggae. He and his eight-piece band run through tracks from his current album Ancient Future.
Graham Nash, formerly of CSN&Y and the Hollies, launches his sixth solo album This Path Tonight, his first in 14 years, which is produced by Shane Fontayne - who joins Graham in an acoustic duo for this performance. Two acts making their UK TV debuts are Stockport-born indie pop band Blossoms and from Nashville, Tennessee-based Margo Price, a country music/honky tonk singer-songwriter who has just released her debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter on Jack White-founded label Third Man Records.