March 2020 - They dulled down the splendour, silenced the show, turned off the lights, locked the doors & the live music industry was plunged into the half-light.
The musicians took to the virtual stage in a desperate way to still spread a little love, a little hope, and connect with our fans. Early lockdown festivals paved the way for 3 months of home streaming of varying quality but by mid-June I believe the audience and the artists were craving something different.
The midsummer sun was shining down and I was invited to White Noise Studios, a rehearsal space turned top spec streaming studio and I knew that, until we could safely get back to the stage, this was the way forward. A chance to still connect, to spread joy & laughter but with the best quality audio & the clearest of pictures.
That's when this series - 'Ain't Nothing But' was born.
3 completely unique shows. One where we paid tribute to the writers and songs that had become entangled in my soul over the years. One 'Elles Bailey' request show, where we almost got the whole band back together and where you, my amazing fans curated the setlist. And one, where we took you through the history of the ever-changing sound of the blues, paying homage to its roots & tribute to the trailblazers.
This album is a snapshot of the 'Lyrics' & 'Blues' shows, the 'best of' you could call it. It is totally unedited, completely stripped back & bare to the bones.