CODY CHESNUTT new single + live at Jazz Cafe this Thurs Sept 20
Monday 17th September 2012
NEW SINGLE ‘DON’T WANNA GO THE OTHER WAY’, 22nd OCTOBER One Little Indian
Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s CHesnuTT’s first full album of new material in a decade is preceded by a single, Don’t Wanna Go The Other Way through One Little Indian on 22nd October.
He will be performing two one-man shows in London, previewing new material, including a headline date at The Jazz Cafe on Thursday 20th September which will include an informal audience Q&A session.
Following a period of family-man retreat and reflection after his meteoric rise to near stardom via The Roots retooled worldwide hit, The Seed 2.0, Landing On A Hundred’s vivid vignettes sketch out a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, and the power and labour of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection.
Universally acclaimed for his edgy, sprawling Shortlist Prize nominated 2002 debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious songs set the bar for what modern soul music can look and sound like: On every level – rhythm, song, subject matter, spirit – Landing On A Hundred delivers massively, it’s message upbeat even as it reflects upon troubled times. Says Cody “This body of work is extremely meaningful to me – it represents the journey I have been on since I last released an album. Words cannot describe or express how excited I am about this music.”
The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have — the rhythm tracks recorded with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The down-home acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Read a 5/5 album review from Soulandjazz funk, who write:
“Cody ChetnuTT is modern soul music’s best kept secret.”