The Modfather himself, Paul Weller has unveiled an exciting new project The Black Barn Sessions.
The Black Barn Sessions sprang from an idea Paul had after having many admired artists come into the relaxed atmosphere of the Barn over the years. Thousands of cups of tea later, Paul turned the idea into a reality. Recorded during the past summer, The Black Barn Sessions consist of 4 bite-sized digital films. These will be shown on Paul’s new YouTube Channel, with a different 15 minute episode released on the Friday of each week, which is a pretty good lead into the weekend. The first fruits of these labours were released today in the form of Episode 1, featuring The Mysterines and Miles Kane (see below for full episode info).
The filmed sessions see Paul inviting some of his favourite new acts, along with a few more established faces, to turn up, plug in and perform live in his legendary laid back Black Barn Studios in Surrey. Each session will also feature Paul and his band playing a track chosen by Paul from his vast catalogue. Q Magazine’s Chris Catchpole is on hand for a quick chat with everyone taking part. Speaking about the Black Barn Sessions Paul says, “I’ve wanted to have a go at my own TV content for a while now. This is me choosing some of my favourite talent that’s out there at the moment and us just plugging in and playing live in my studio “Black Barn”. We had a great time making this and I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve done.”
Episode 1: Released 6th Dec
This introduces incendiary Merseyside 3-piece The Mysterines who play their third single, the explosive, Gasoline. The Mysterines have been making waves on the live circuit and recently supported the next featured guest – Black Barn regular Miles Kane. Miles needs no introduction and has recently been on tour with Liam Gallagher, the Last Shadow Puppets member and solo artist has begun work on his 4th album which should see the light late next year. In this episode he plays Wrong Side Of Life, from his current album, Coup De Grace. Paul digs deep into his back catalogue to perform Brushed from his classic Heavy Soul album.
Episode 2: Released 13th Dec
This features former dance student from Watford Connie Constance whose recent critically acclaimed debut album English Rose included a cover of the Jam song of the same name. Singer-songwriter Samm Henshaw, who cites D’Angelo and Lauren Hill as influences, takes his soul infused groves to the proceedings. Irish band Villagers’ mainman Conor O’Brien brings things to a close. A big fan of Conor’s work, Paul approached him to work on a collaboration a while back. Conor wrote the lyrics to the song The Soul Searchers which appeared on Paul’s last album True Meanings. Long Time from Saturns Pattern is Paul’s choice of live track.
Episode 3: Released 20th Dec
Connie Constance returns for part 3 along with a second outing from Villagers’ Conor O’Brien performing his single Summer Song ably abetted by Paul himself. Paul and his band give Woo Se Mama from A Kind Revolution the live treatment.
Episode 4:Released 27th Dec
The final episode brings back Miles Kane and his band, and a second appearance from The Mysterines joining Paul’s band, with vocalist Lia Metcalfe sharing vocal duties with Paul on his version of Dr John’s Walk On Gilded Splinters.
Paul Weller has finished recording his new album which will be released in the new year. For all the latest updates from Paul, visit his website, https://www.paulweller.com