Michael Bolton I KT Kunstall I Turin Brake I Villagers
Zermatt Unplugged, Zermatt:
Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, recorded after a stylistic change in the late 1980s.
Bolton's achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.
Scotland born and Los Angeles based, KT Tunstall emerged with her 2004 debut ‘Eye To The Telescope’ and soon after won a BRIT Award, an Ivor Novello Award and earned Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations. Since then her music has figured prominently in film and television. Bush Empire November 9th. The tour will follow the release of a new full-length album this September; a record that KT sees in spirit as the follow-up to her classic debut.
Before that, KT releases her totally addictive modern classic rock EP ‘Golden State’ today. Produced by Tony Hoffer, written by KT, and recorded in LA where she now lives, the 3 tracks exemplify the very best of guitar pop. Scotland born and Los Angeles based, KT Tunstall emerged with her 2004 debut ‘Eye To The Telescope’ and soon after won a BRIT Award, an Ivor Novello Award and earned Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations. Since then her music has figured prominently in film and television.
How many pundits frantically casting their runes back in 1999 for predictions for the new millennium would have foreseen that TURIN BRAKES would be releasing their seventh studio album in 2016? Back then, they were hotly-tipped young ingénues, and we all know what usually happens to them in the heartless world of showbiz... Since then, music business headlines have become a catalogue of collapse. We just don’t do long-lived acts any more, haven’t you heard?
Sixteen years of touring across continents have sealed their reputation as a fearsome live act, able to hold any size crowd with the sheer chutzpah of their no-hidden-tricks raw and direct onstage presence. Turin Brakes carry on their secret life, and with a new generation of artists like Max Jury, Aquilo and Benjamin Francis Leftwich starting to beat a path to their door to collaborate, it looks like the secret is getting out.
In January 2016 Villagers also released Where Have You Been All My Life?,
a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative. Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) the album is a re-imagining of older material seamlessly woven with present glories from the more recent Darling Arithmetic. The unique nature of these arrangements is due in no small part to the musicians in the room at the time of recording: Cormac Curran on grand piano and analogue synthesizer, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llywelyn on harp, mellotron and vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn and vocals. The result is a lush, harmony-laden and vibrant document of a time and a place.