My new favorite show is The Café, a quirky, picturesque British sitcom set in a small seaside town. Kathryn Williams’ pretty, airy cover of “Beyond the Sea” serves as the series’ theme song and sets the tone of this sweet, funny and very charming little show. I’ve been watching The Café on my local PBS affiliate on Saturday mornings at 11a.m. EST, but it seems to bounce around the schedule so check your local tv listings and catch it when you can.
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If you watched the premiere of ABC’s Nashville last week, you were likely as impressed as I was by Scarlett & Gunnar’s duet at the end of the show. If you missed it, you can watch the episode in its entirety at ABC and the scene in question below. “If I Didn’t Know Better” was written by The Civil Wars, and you can download the original as part of their Live At Eddie’s Attic album on Noisetrade. Meanwhile, the Nashville cover has shot up the iTunes charts and is also available for purchase at Amazon. A soundtrack for the series is apparently in the works. Some of the other music featured on the pilot episode was disappointing, but the inclusion of this song gives me hope that T. Bone Burnett can work his magic in future episodes. The second episode of Nashville, which stars Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton, will air tonight on ABC at 10pm EST.
Forget The Storm is singer-songwriter (and actor) Tyler Hilton’s third studio album and his first independent release on his own label, Hooptie Tune Records. Tyler himself said of the album, “The songs and sounds of Forget The Storm came together as a reaction to the major label system and the heartbreak it kept putting me through.” That heartbreak came after five years of working on another album (The Storms We Share) for major label Warner Bros. only for the songs to gather dust. Tyler left the label when it became obvious the album would never see the light of day and started on a fresh batch of songs, the title Forget The Storm the only reference to the album that never was.
Tyler’s appearances on the final season of One Tree Hill successfully drew my attention to his new album, Forget The Storm. Unfortunately, Chris Keller’s (Tyler’s OTH alter ego) heartfelt acoustic performance of “Prince of Nothing Charming” and rowdy bluesy rock rendition of “Loaded Gun” led to disappointment when I first heard the more polished pop versions on the album.
Once those overblown expectations faded, though, I was able to enjoy and appreciate the album for what it is. It’s a very catchy pop album with a few pretty ballads and a couple of strong rock tracks.
Tyler is best known for laidback, singer-songwriter ballads and this album has it’s share of those, but the best tracks are those in which he fully embraces blues and rock – such as “Loaded Gun” and “Ain’t No Fooling Me.”
There’s a dusky warmth to Tyler’s voice and melodies that occasionally hint at early Ryan Adams, but the slick production pushes most of Forget The Storm into the pop genre. It’ll be a good summer road trip album.
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In case you missed the awesome duet of “I’m Not Leaving” by electronica band The Crystal Method and legendary soul singer Martha Reeves on Jimmy Kimmel Live, you can watch the YouTube video below. The song came about as part of the Re:Generation film/music project. There really should be more collaborations between classic soul singers and modern bands. It reminds me of the old Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey hit “History Repeating.”