Live Music – Pete Molinari and J T & the Clouds

Friday 25th February and Empty Room Promotions are welcoming two very distinctive vocalist to the famous Tingewick Village Hall.

Pete Molinari was born into a large Maltese/ Italian/ Egyptian family in Kent. While his friends were listening to Nirvana and Oasis he developed a deep infatuation with the Billie Holliday, John Coltrane, Leadbelly and Bob Dylan records of his much older brothers. Later with a head full of songs and his trusty guitar he went out to New York for a month, which turned into two years travelling round the USA. There he honed his unique vocal style playing the bars and cafes of New York’s Greenwich Village.

His music often harks back to the carefree day of the 1950′s and 60′s so it was a dream come true for this boy from Chatham to get an opportunity to go to Nashville to record and be backed by the extraordinary vocal talents of The Georgettes and the legendary Jordanaires, the very same men who backed up the likes of Elvis and Patsy Cline turned the sessions into a surreal experience.

When Bruce Springsteen was asked during an interview about what music he was listening to these days his reply was simple and direct:  “Pete Molinari – and if you don’t know anything about him, he’s great”.

Many people know JT through his relationship with Po’Girl and the Be Good Tanyas, both of whom he’s written songs for and toured with. Now he and a three piece version of his band, the Clouds, are touring the UK in their own right and no-one deserves the spotlight more. JT has been described as having the best white soul voice to come out of America in a generation.

JT and the Clouds come from Chicago; their music is Chicago music – rough edged, sad, hopeful, and shot through with soul. The Clouds, led by Jeremy “JT” Lindsay, have been putting out records and touring since 2004. Until recently, they got a bit more notoriety in far-off ports then their own backyard. That has changed in the last year. After putting out an EP, demons/demons, under the name JT NERO – a softer, (even) sadder, slightly weirder manifestation of the JT and Clouds sound – JT and Co enjoyed a wave of good press in their hometown and I’ll leave it to what other have been saying.

“It’s been said the ‘Rock N’ Roll Will Save Your Soul’, but who is there to save the soul of Rock and Roll? The answer to that question is Chicago based band JT & the Clouds” Reviewsic

“Bittersweet tales of loss and longing; haunting melodies and sharp lyrics. How is it that a band as good as JT and The Clouds, with four brilliant albums, is hardly known in Britain?” JT and the Clouds will suit fans of The Band, ‘The Basement Tapes,’ Memphis Soul and Willie Nelson.” Word Magazine

“Get settled in so you can tell your friends that you knew about JT and the Clouds before the boys hit the big time. It’s pretty darn fine.” Time Out

This will be a double headline show so the order of performance will be confirmed on the day, with doors opening at 8pm make sure you get there on time to ensure you don’t miss either act, we would hate you to be disappointed.

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