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Cruel to Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe

Some fuckwit marketing executive/editor must have come up with this lazy and naff title. I can’t imagine Will Birch would have come up with this. The North American cover is better than the UK version. I’m sure there could have been a dozen or more other song titles that would have been more apropos and…

Jesus of Cool

Another fabulous evening in the company of Nick Lowe and the razor-sharp Los Straitjackets. A lovely balanced set from across his amazing back catalogue. I’m pleased to learn that a biography of Nick is forthcoming: here is an interview with biographer Will Birch. country and westernLos Straitjacketsmusicnick lowerockabillyWill Birch

Nick Lowe at Daryl’s House Club

Would I love to be at this gig! Now that would be a night to remember. I saw them a few years back in a conventional theatre setting and that was superb. Nick is a musician’s musician — it was unusual to see so many musicians in the audience paying their respects. If you are…

Christmastime in New Orleans

The Nola Players have just released their big band Christmas CD. I’m very much looking forward to hearing it in full and replenishing my Christmas selection with a bunch of stuff en route to me from the Louisiana Music Factory. In the meantime I’ve been playing a few other Christmas CDs because they work very well…

Nick Lowe @ the Beeb

The immensely talented, subtle, dignified and classy Nick Lowe performing live for BBC4. Nick’s Christmas show last year was the most satisfying live show I saw last year. Catch him if you can — real musicianship, not bread and circuses. musicnick lowe