PAM TAYLOR HITS THE UK & ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 24

Having released her first album, Hot Mess, back in 2012, Pam Taylor has had several years of critical acclaim and success, including picking up the Queen City Music Award for Best Female Rock Artist three years running, but such success has also been intertwined with some personal difficulties which have influenced her upcoming album Steal Your Heart which is set for release in the autumn.

Before then though, she’s currently on a UK tour which kicked off in Dumfries on August 12th. Speaking about playing in the UK, Pam said:

“It’s all very surreal to be sharing my music in the U.K.  This place has such a rich musical history in general and in my personal life especially. I grew up listening to Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pet Shop Boys, The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, The Police… I can go on..  Black Sabbath, The Beatles!! 

It’s amazing how much British music has shaped my musical influence.  More recently I was mesmerized by Amy Winehouse.  I too shared the same afflictions but luckily I survived.  Another is Adele.   I connect with her pain especially since my recent break up. Obviously, the blues was resurrected in the U.K. so of course I have a fondness for this place. Plus, my family lineage traces back to here so I feel a huge connection; almost like I’m at home. 

My tour starts in Scotland where I’m doing some festivals and charity events for Leonard Cheshire Disability down in Dumfries then I have two dates at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I  can’t wait to be apart of the worlds largest art festival. Plus it’s celebrating 70 years so I know Its going to be one hell of a party.  After that I’m heading down to England to play a couple of dates, then over to Europe, then on to Israel for my CD release party.  I feel like I’m riding one big wave.”

A full list of her remaining tour dates and venues can be found below.

Aug 18  Barbour Memorial Hall – Glencaple, UK

Aug 19  Parkgate Blues Festival Carmichael Community Hall – Dumfries, UK

Aug 20  Carlisle Fringe – Carlisle, UK

Aug 25  Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, UK

Aug 26  Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, UK

Sept 1   Bear Hotel – Devizes, UK

Sept 5   Bristol Blues Clubhouse – Bristol, UK

Sept 14 Bluescafe Apeldoorn – Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Check out the video for her new track “Squeeze Me” below and for tickets and more information on Pam Taylor and her music, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Steal Your Heart will be available on September 22nd.

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MOBO AWARDS 2017: NOMINATIONS REVEALED 6

The 2017 MOBO Awards nominations are here – so start voting!

The list for the show, going down Wednesday, November 29 in Leeds, is led by South London MC Stormzy, who picked up a whopping five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for Gang Signs & Prayer, Best Song and Best Video for “Big For Your Boots”. Following Stormzy, J Hus follows with 4 nominations.

Skepta, Jorja Smith, Giggs, Loyle Carner, Stefflon Don, Sampha and more also earned nominations. Check out the complete list below and start to vote now.

BEST MALE ACT
Bugzy Malone
Chip
Dave
Giggs
J Hus
Maleek Berry
Mostack
Sampha
Skepta
Stormzy

BEST FEMALE ACT
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Jorja Smith
Lady Leshurr
Little Simz
Mabel
Nadia Rose
NAO
Ray BLK
Stefflon Don

BEST ALBUM
J Hus – Common Sense
Nines – One Foot Out
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life

BEST NEWCOMER
Dave
Jorja Smith
Kojo Funds
Lotto Boyzz
Loyle Carner
Mabel
Mist
Not3s
Stefflon Don
Yxng Bane

BEST SONG
J Hus “Did You See” (Produced by JAE5)
Kojo Funds Feat. Abra Cadabra “Dun Talkin’” (Produced by GA)
Not3s “Addison Lee” (Produced by Malv On The Track)
Stormzy “Big For Your Boots” (Produced by Sir Spyro & Fraser T Smith)
Yungen Feat. Yxng Bane “Bestie) (Produced by ADP)

BEST VIDEO
Bossman Birdie “Walk The Walk” (Directed by Luke Davies)
J Hus “Spirit” (Directed by Hugo Jenkins)
Loyle Carner “The Isle Of Arran” (Directed by Georgia Hudson)
Mist “Hot Property” (Directed by Oliver Jennings)
Stormzy “Big For Your Boots” (Directed by Daps)

BEST HIP HOP ACT
Giggs
Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Nines
Stefflon Don
Wretch 32

BEST GRIME ACT
AJ Tracey
Chip
P Money
Skepta
Stormzy
Wiley

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT Supported by Mi-Soul
Craig David
Jorja Smith
NAO
Ray BLK
Sampha

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Migos
Solange Knowles
SZA
Travis Scott
Wizkid

BEST AFRICAN ACT
Davido
Eugy
Juls
Maleek Berry
Mr Eazi
Sarkodie
Tekno
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal
Wizkid

BEST REGGAE ACT
Aidonia
Alkaline
Chronixx
Damian Marley
Popcaan

BEST JAZZ ACT Supported by Jazz FM
Cleveland Watkiss
Daymé Arocena
Moses Boyd
Mr Jukes
Terrace Martin

BEST GOSPEL ACT Supported by Premier Gospel
Lurine Cato
Mali Music
S.O
Triple O
Volney Morgan & New-Ye

PREMIERE: CHUCK MCDERMOTT PRESENTS “THE GIRL FROM ST. LUCY” 28

A staple of the music industry for more than four decades, Chuck McDermott, a Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, has toured internationally with the icon that was and will always be John Stewart and has been delighting fans through fantastic live shows with his band Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw since the 1970’s.

McDermott’s new album Gin & Rosewater, which features a cover of the Johnny Cash classic “I Walk The Line”, is one of his strongest collections to date and ThisIsThelatest are thrilled to premiere the video for its latest release, the track titled “The Girl From St. Lucy.”

Asked about the background to the video, McDermott says:

“The church is Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA. It’s the oldest house of worship in continuous use in the United States, built in 1861. It is also where Anne and I met! Both of us separately discovered the church after moving to Hingham and both eventually served time as religious education teachers there (motivated in part to get our own kids to attend the program!). So not only is it a pretty stunning example of 17th century architecture, it has a lot of personal significance for me too.”

The clip also has many family connections to Chuck within it, adding a lovely sense of sentimentality to the piece – his mom features heavily through the inclusion of family photos and his fiancé Anne is the woman sat in the Church with him.

Check out “The Girl From St. Lucy” below and for more information on Chuck McDermott, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. Gin & Rosewater is available now. Header photo credit: Kelly Davidson.