‘Ain’t That Hard’ Video ~ Lauren Jenkins

Lauren Jenkins has just released her new video to ‘Ain’t That Hard’ one of the first of many releases as an independent artist for her upcoming second album. The lyrics capture the fragility of the love and how easy it is to hurt or crush other peoples hearts. Our very nature, history, literature is wrapped around the heart as a living beacon of our desires and wants. A repository for all we are and all we will ever be to another human being.

‘Ain’t That Hard’ ~ Lauren Jenkins. Photography by Brooke Stevens

The video is an extraordinary showcase for Lauren’s talents as she wrote, produced, directed and edited the video with zero budget, crew or gear but with the help of long time friends and collaborators Brooke Stevens as Director of Photography, Gideon Klein as Cellist and Mixed by Howard Welling during a pandemic that has taken over the world. The result is a video that shows the whole world the unique voice that has captured the ears, minds and hearts of fans all over the world.

‘Ain’t That Hard’ ~ Lauren Jenkins. Photography by Brooke Stevens

Ain’t That Hard is the next chapter for Lauren Jenkins as life as a independent artist. After being abruptly dropped by her label Big Machine for reasons known only to themselves, Lauren has taken to the virtual world of Stage It shows and live streams to promote her music to an ever growing audience who can’t get enough of her songs. One of which has become the official anthem in these Covid-19 times ‘Dance In The Kitchen’.

‘Ain’t That Hard’ ~ Lauren Jenkins. Photography by Brooke Stevens

So go and spread the word of an artist who has risen from the flames like a phoenix, stronger than ever to shine who has captured the essence of human emotions with her lyrics, guitar hooks and melodies.

Lauren Jenkins on stage in Cologne, Germany ~ January 2020. Photograph by CloudwatcherUno

Isabella Mariee and Lewis Fowler are Two Ways Home

Isabella (Isi) and Lewis. Johnny and June. Sonny and Cher. The world of music is full of couples who make beautiful music together. Two Ways Home are the latest in a long line of singer songwriters who came together because of their shared passion for music and then from equal parts combined to become one of the leading UK folk rock country duo’s.

In this podcast we talk about how they first met, their love for playing and singing music from a young age and how they developed their skills with piano, mandolin and guitar. Taking these skills they have travelled far and wide and produced a sound that captures classic country harmonies with a folk rock twist.

Isi and Lewis ~ Two Ways Home from the podcast. Photograph ©CloudwatcherUno 2020

We get to hear exclusive recordings of ‘Broken Hearts Club’ and ‘Break The Silence’ from their album ‘Break The Silence’ released in February 2020. We also hear about how they collaborate with other singer songwriters in Nashville and closer to home to produce such memorable songs as ‘Push and Pull’.

Two Ways Home also host a London based writers round called ‘The Round Up’ a way of getting together independent artists and bands to perform in their very own Nashville inspired round where artists can talk about the inspiration behind their songs.

Two Ways Home performing ‘Broken Hearts Club’ live in Caffe Nero London, February 2020 ~ Video ©CloudwatcherUno 2020

In these pandemic times life is not without it’s difficulties for musicians but Two Ways Home have found ways around the obstacles ahead of them. They regularly host their virtual Tuesday Coffee Mornings and Saturday Afternoon ‘Beer Time’ shows. Lewis has also started a new venture with two other musicians ‘Remote Sound Production’ to offer production facilities for artists who don’t have the facilities to produce their songs by themselves.

Two Ways Home and Coffee. A perfect combination.

Click down below to hear the podcast from CloudwatcherUno featuring Two Ways Home. Also available on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many other platforms.

‘Wild World’ video by Scott Nicholls

Scott Nicholls has taken the raw material of ‘Wild World’ and has created his own unique take on this beautiful song. Originally sung by Kip Moore from the album of the same name, Scott and his producer Jack Watson who accompanies him on guitar and backing vocals on the video have produced magic. Country magic.

Scott Nicholls with Jack Watson

The full length video recorded for Dixie Fields Fest 2020 will be released on 1st August 2020. A stripped back acoustic video it showcases Scott’s vocal abilities and instrumental talents. I’ve managed to view the full visual experience and fans of country music will not be disappointed with what they see and hear when they watch this release.

The video follows on from the ‘Wild World’ (Lockdown Live Session) that Scott released in May 2020. It’s another stunning performance which features a voice that carries a strength and maturity in such an incredible performer.

‘Wild World’ (Lockdown Live Session) by Scott Nicholls available on all streaming platforms

Go check out the video when it’s released next month. You’ll thank me later.

Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Photograph by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

Once in a while, a voice stops you dead in your tracks. The voice goes deep into your musical should and stops you cold. You look around to see if you have left this reality or have gone into another realm. I heard Eric Burton’s voice coupled with Adrian Quesada’s guitar on ‘Colors’ last year on Spotify and I must have played that track multiple, multiple times. It brought me immense pleasure and happiness to be moved by this deep, rich totally immersive sound. It was as if I had discovered an unknown treasure from the seventies one that had escaped the notice of all the music that has since passed.

‘Colors’ performed live by Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Video by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

There is an urgency in Eric’s voice a message that needs to be delivered to your heart bypassing your mind. It needs to open up that part of you that has become worn down by the relentless grey that is modern existence.

Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Photograph by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

On 7th February 2020 at Islington Assembly Hall, London the Black Pumas continued with their Black Moon Rising tour they came and performed their music onto an audience who had travelled across the globe to hear them play. As far as Venezuela to Spain fans had travelled to experience in person the music of this incredible band.

‘OCT 33’ performed live by Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Video by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

From the first opening chords of ‘Old Man’ the Black Pumas gripped the audience and a wave of positivity, warmth and electricity flowing through the concert venue which went through each and every fan. We knew this was special that this was a night to say afterwards that we had seen the Black Pumas live. Lets not forget that the Black Pumas are a duo and the other half of that duo is Adrian Quesada and without his guitar and the almighty power he wields with that instrument there would not be those delicious hooks and riffs to thrill and excite your senses.

Adrian Quesada from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Using my photograph on his Instagram page. ©CloudwatcherUno™ 2020

Hearing the album the self titled ‘Black Pumas’ you are transported to a world full of funkadelic soul, pulsing electronic heartbeats of bass with hypnotic beats. When you hear this music live in concert the effect is magnified a thousand fold sending shivers down your spine. Your feet can’t help but move along to the rhythms of the music.

‘Black Moon Rising’ performed live by Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Video by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

The whole atmosphere at the audience was electric, sending positive energy back to the band by singing the words to each and every song. And then Eric stepped it up another level by singing ‘Fire’ into the crowd itself. Surrounded by fans the whole audience went estactic.

Eric Burton from Black Pumas surrounded by fans as he sings ‘Fire’ at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Photograph by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

Then Eric vaulted the security barrier and lept back on stage leaving the crowd hungry for more music and for the night not to end.

‘Stay Gold’ performed live by Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Video by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

What a show, a performance from the band that easily rates as being in the top ten live experiences I’ve been to. Well worth the wait of all these past months to a glimpse of the mercurial talents of these exceptional musicians. It’s no wondered Black Pumas were nominated for a Grammy this year for Best New Artist.

Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Photograph by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

Then as the last song came over a silence came over the crowd. Surely it couldn’t end, not this evening of pure soul?

‘Old Man’ performed live by Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Video by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

Of course it didn’t as the band came back to an uproarious encore when Eric asked the crowd if they wanted to hear another song? The crowd erupted with a almighty ‘YESSSSSS’ and so Eric sang an acoustic version of the Beatles classic ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

‘Eleanor Rigby’ perfomed by Black Pumas.

Then this evening of supreme came to an end. We had witnessed music in it’s purest form connecting us not only with the artists but with each of us who were in the venue.

Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Photograph by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020

As if the night couldn’t get any better Eric then launched into a cover of Tracey Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ a sublime mix of soulful vocals and words to connect with the audiences souls.

‘Fast Car’ performed live by Eric Burton from Black Pumas at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 7th February 2020. Video by Renato Ramone.

What next for the Black Pumas? They are currently on a path that is leading them to be interstellar. For now I can say that I was there at ground zero seeing them lift off on career that will take them into the stars.

Signed vinyl album by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada from Black Pumas.
Photograph by CloudwatcherUno™ ©2020