Sunday, April 28, 2013

One Fortnight Until Britain

In just two weeks, I will be making my way (accompanied by my producer/musical director, Adam Marsland) to the UK for a series of shows. I invite you all to join the ride. It's going to be a fun musical journey. I will be playing acoustic versions of tracks from ON THE REBOUND; plus a few choice covers.

The barnstorming will take me from London to Manchester to Liverpool. The specifics can be found on my website However, here are the dates; yes, there are double-headers on two of them. All shows are free admission!

Wednesday, May 15 at 9 pm
London - Notting Hill Arts Club

Thursday, May 16 at 5.45 pm
Liverpool -  International Pop Overthrow @ The Cavern Pub

Thursday, May 16 at 9.30 pm
Manchester - Thirsty Scholar

Friday, May 17 at 5 pm
Liverpool -  International Pop Overthrow @ The Cavern Club

Friday, May 17 at 8.30 pm
Liverpool - Festival Express @ Vinyl Bar

What else? I'm listening to a lot of new music that I'm digging, especially the latest Daft Punk single "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers, my disco-guitar hero. I had a chance to meet Nile about 20 years ago and it is one of my favorite early L.A. memories. And speaking of heroes, I am going to see the Stones next week. I think this will be my 7th time seeing them perform in person. Artists like Nile and Mick really keep me inspired. Last week was the Rock Hall induction. There was a time when I would devote an annual blog on how/why Chic (and Nile Rodgers) belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They still do.

Other new music worth a listen: Har Mar Superstar, BYE BYE 17 (raw soul); Local Natives, BREAKERS (raw souls); JT's "Mirror" is pretty nice; new music from Hanson continues to keep pop alive.

Did you see the latest review of ON THE REBOUND in Goldmine by John Borack?

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Norman Kelsey’s sophomore solo effort, On the Rebound, finds him mining the suave soul man territory, to great effect.  Kelsey’s vocals are top drawer (love the oft-present falsetto), the songs are across-the-board memorable (we particularly dig the Bee Gees homage “Our Love is Known By Name,” the silky “Huckleberry Finn” and the sweet, Prince-influenced ballad “Airport Kisses”) and he offers up a contender for Song Title of the Year: “Supermodels With Gatling Guns.”  Grade: B+

That's the groove for right now. I can't wait to meet more new and old fans at the shows.

Peace & Love!