Today is the day! In the past, artists would perform live in the CBS studios, but because of Covid, the show is accepting artist-generated content. As a result, The Jayhawks recently recorded an outdoor live session in St. The session was directed and produced by Rick Fuller and Bob Medcraft, with the assistance of their very talented team and crew. The live videos will be aired during the Saturday Sessions segment, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes into the show. The performances will be archived on YouTube after the broadcast. Check HERE to find local broadcast times. Paul, MN. Tech note: these videos have been archived on YouTube at the original 24 fps frame rate they were recorded at. The CBS versions were transcoded to
Interview: The Kinks’ Ray Davies on Americana Emotion
A s a keen-eyed chronicler of British manners and mores, Ray Davies is thinking about Brexit a lot. Sometimes, says the man who single-handedly reshaped the language and psychology of pop music with the Kinks, he regrets not running away from Britain after You Really Got Me went to No 1 in Yet as Britain prepares to bow out, Davies — stubbornly out of step with prevailing trends — has released Americana , his first solo album in almost a decade, and a companion piece to his candid, witty memoir. And yet he still has romantic memories of the place. Davies mutters modestly when it is suggested that he is the greatest songwriter London has produced. But his work has made a profound mark and inspired respectful cover versions by David Bowie, the Jam, the Pretenders, Elvis Costello and the Fall. Not to mention Van Halen. It is 50 years to the week that he recorded Waterloo Sunset , the best pop song ever written. Davies speaks in a foggy whisper, like an Ealing studios safe-cracker, his conversation, like his songwriting, full of subtle detours and tiny surprises. While discussing Americana, he mentions that he has met Donald Trump.
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Ray Davies can pinpoint the moment he awoke from the American dream. It was , and the Kinks were on the verge of rivaling The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, thanks to a successful international tour and a series of influential early garage- rock singles, when they were banned from performing across the pond for four years by the American Federation of Musicians. The Kinks returned to the U. We started from scratch after having many hits all around the world. So I documented that journey, which culminated in learning from that shock. Though he started writing the albums before Brexit and the Presidential Election, the LPs double as commentaries on the current wave of nationalism sweeping through Western politics.
But, as with any fleeting thoughts about a proper Kinks reunion, take that with a grain of salt. Yes, Ray sang lead most of the time and called the shots, but Dave played loud electric guitar. Clearly, they each pushed each other to greater heights. Dave, it seems, has always been game for a reunion, or at least an attempt at one.