Calum Scott’s debut release, ‘Only Human’, came out on Friday, March 9th. A day surrounded by albums from some Hard Rock artists such as Judas Priest, Myles Kennedy, Three Days Grace and even Jimi Hendrix, how did this pop artist catch my ear? Easy, two years ago this former Britain’s Got Talent contestant released a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”. That song made me stop and take notice. It was absolutely fantastic (more on it later). I have been anxiously awaiting an album from him ever since.
And now, the long wait is finally over. Calum Scott is a cross between many artists. I would say he is a little bit Sam Smith (without the depressing ass songs), a little bit Adam Levine (his vocal stylings only), a little Gavin DeGraw (catchy pop love songs) and a little bit of James Bay (his first record and even a little of his guitar sound). He is the best of all those people rolled into one.
There are 14 tracks on the CD version of the album (vinyl only has 11) so I won’t go through all the songs in detail, but I will highlight several of my favorites. First off, there are two types of songs throughout the album. You get the love song ballads and the upbeat pop songs. I have to admit, I am a sucker for a good love song and Calum has no short supply. The ballads are beautiful showcases of his amazing, soulful vocal abilities.
2018 is upon us and always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year. There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet. From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2018, but no dates announced yet. The ones I want will be highlighted in Blue.
Stone Temple Pilots (I know this is coming as they have said)
My Sunday Song #68 is “Hold Back the River” by James Bay. You could say I have become a huge fan of this young man. I have his album “Chaos & the Calm” (on vinyl and a picture disc at that) and my daughter and I have seen him in concert (Great show – read the review HERE). He has been posting pictures on Facebook of him in the studio and a new album coming in 2018 which got me listening to him again.
When I hit this song in the playlist, I remembered how much I love this song. The quiet opening with just some slow picking on the guitar and his voice. The slow build up and a little faster pace and faster and faster. It actually has the feel that as you try to hold back the river, it get harder and harder and more intense.
In an interview with The Sun, James said the following about the song:
“I wrote it after my first really busy period as an artist, when music had taken me around the world for the first time, and at the end of the year, I’ve become really eager to see friends and my family properly. ‘Hold Back The River’ is a metaphor for that feeling.”
Welcome back to T-Shirts, T-Shirts, T-Shirts. I didn’t expect to do another post so soon, but the Rock T-Shirt collection has taken a little twist. It has become a family affair. Not only have I been buying, but now my kids have to have band T-Shirts as well.
My oldest daughter is the worst. Almost as bad as I am. She has some concert T’s and now she has quite a few band shirts as well. Here are her concert shirts for Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Tori Kelly…
My fellow blogger Jason Ritchie over at The Rockin’ Chair Blog is doing a series saluting fellow bloggers and the current victim is none other than Me!! Go check out the interview and then stay around and check out the blog. You won’t be disappointed.
John Snow has been writing about music he loves for a over a year now over at the impressive blog he runs 2Loud2Old. What inspired you to start writing/blogging about music? It was a who inspired m…
For some insight on The Rockin’ Chair I have stolen ( I mean borrowed) his bio from his site so you can have an idea of what to expect from his blog.
Bio: I have been blogging about mainly Stoke City FC over on the Rock ‘N’ Oatcake and am currently News & Reviews Editor at Get Ready To Rock! – my main love in the musical world 🙂
The Rockin’ Chair is a place for me to highlight new and old music. It won’t be just press releases or feature music that would score an average rating, it is more hand picked music. The blog will feature guest writers and contributions from fellow music fans and musicians.
The opening act for the James Bay concert on September 25th at the Fillmore in Charlotte was a female trio called Joseph. Joseph are three sisters who come to us from Portland, Oregon. My daughter has really enjoyed their new album ‘I’m Alone, No You’re Not’ that only came out a few weeks back. She got me to listen to it as well so I would be familiar with the band when we went to the concert. And I have to say the album is really great and worth a listen.
Now before the show, as we were standing behind the sound boards, there was a young lady standing in front of them talking to the sound guy. My daughter started getting exciting as she turned to me and said that it was one of the girls from Joseph. And sure enough, it was Natalie. Why my daughter didn’t snap a picture of her I don’t know.
The band consists of only Natalie, Allison & Meegan Closner and when the show started, the three sisters walked out on stage by themselves with only Natalie carrying a guitar. A very simple set up. They did have a drummer during the show, but he was off stage and out of sight. When they started singing, it was apparent they really didn’t need anything more than their voices. They were amazing. The 3 part harmonies were spot on and I have to tell you these women can sing.
James Bay was in Charlotte Sunday night, September 25th, 2016. Of course, my daughter and I had to go when we heard the concert announcement back in April. When tickets went on sale, I got busy at work and completely forgot to go online and buy them. When I went on that night at home, it was SOLD OUT!!! Needless to say, my daughter was not very happy with me on that day.
I went back on to the ticket site and signed up for a text notification if any tickets become available. May comes and goes with no luck. June, pretty much the same thing until around the end of the month on June 29th. We were on vacation in Myrtle Beach and sitting in a restaurant, so I can get some seafood, when a text message pops up on my phone. I told my daughter that when we got back to the condo, we would order the tickets. Nope!! Wasn’t good enough. She was not having that. I had to go on my phone right then and there, in the restaurant, and buy the tickets. Which I did! We now had 2 tickets to the show.
Okay, this isn’t much of a throwback considering this album came out last year. However, my site didn’t exist at that time and I want to talk about how great this album is. And I mean GREAT!!
James Bay is a shining light in today’s bubblegum pop crap that stinks up the radio. He is the hope of the future of music. The true talent of all the oversaturated one-hit wonders that music companies force-feed us on a daily basis. Maybe I am overstating it a little, but the young man is talented.
I think what I am so excited about is the potential this young man has in his craft. He is only 25 years old and you can see the talent and thinking about what he could create over the next 20 years makes me smile. Now the music company doesn’t need to screw it up. They need to develop him as an artist and mold him a long & lasting career. Don’t demand hits, give him the room to create them and grow as a musician.
Is a parent supposed to like the same artist that their child likes? I am not sure that falls in the natural order of things. However, I think this kid is incredible and my daughter agrees.
He just announced his tour dates for the Fall and you should go check him out. I know we will. His debut album “Chaos and the Calm” is out now on Republic. Two of the great songs on the album are “Let It Go” and “Hold Back the River”. He is an unbelievable talent.
Sept 19th -Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
Sept 21st -The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami Beach, FL