Ten Years On: Live In London

by Steve Lawson

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just over 10 years ago, I released my first solo album. A live album, recorded in London - mostly at the Troubadour in Earl's Court - called 'And Nothing But The Bass'. You can get it here on Bandcamp, if you like.

Ten Years On, and I'm releasing another solo live album. This one recorded in one set, in the order it is on the album (the first track is a hidden extra, you'll get it with the download).

A couple of these songs are new (the hidden one, and Traveling North), a couple of them are well documented (this is the 4th recorded version of Jimmy James, and the 3rd of The Kindness Of Strangers and MMFSOG), but I wanted to put out something that marked where I'd got to.

The live album that Lobelia and I put out over the summer, Live So Far, is a great document of what we get up to on those gigs, and of a couple of really special collaborations we were blessed with on your US tour. But this is just me, doing my thing.

The gig was at Round Midnight in Islington, a sold out show with Michael Manring - I'm rather sad we didn't record the duo part of the show, as there was some real magic there, but at least I've got this solo set as evidence of where I'm up to.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed playing it.

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released 30 October 2010

Steve Lawson :: Bass, Loops, Everything Else.

All photography by Paul Parkinson - www.parkylondon.com

Hello, written by Lionel Ritchie, Licensed through Limelight - www.songclearance.com

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The UK's most celebrated solo bassist, here with lots of looped/layered solo albums, & collaborations, most notably with genius singer Lobelia. Dig in deep, there's a lot to discover.

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Track Name: MMFSOG (Live In London)
Inspired by the film, From Dusk Til Dawn, the title is an acronym, a line spoken by George Clooney, to Harvey Keitel. It's the moment when they need holy water to shoot the vampires, and Harvey's character - a lapsed minister - refused to bless the water. So George asks him whether he's a faithless preacher or a 'mean, mother f**king servant of God'. Nice description there, George. :)
Track Name: Travelling North (Live In London)
Seems a little unusual to release a live version of a track before the studio version is out... well, there's a rough mix of the studio version of this up on Soundcloud. I'll get properly mixed and mastered for my next solo studio album. Whenever that is.

This version's a fair bit quicker than the original, but I like it a lot. I love exploring what happens when songs are recorded multiple times. People can pick their favourite version that way!
Track Name: The Kindness Of Strangers (Live In London)
I guess this is one of my 'theme songs' - the whole inspiration for it was that we as musicians are daily beholden to the kindness of strangers. That people we don't know take an interest in what we do, choose to support it and come to thank us for making the music in the first place, is a constant source of encouragement and delight, and for that I am eternally grateful.

So this is for pretty much all of you - with a great deal of warmth and affection :)
Track Name: Jimmy James (Live In London)
I often mention in gigs that most of my tunes are about death. Well, if not most, then a substantial minority.

As instrumental music is, for me, what happens when words stop, I tend to find myself inspired by those things that we're all particularly bad at talking about. Top of that list is death, grief and bereavement.

So I have this crop of tunes that come from that place - this one is for my friend James, who was killed in a car accident a decade ago. I still miss him. There's not really much to say about it, but every time I play the song, I get to explore what it means for him (and by association, anyone we lose through life) to be gone.
Track Name: Deeper Still (Live In London)
Another of the tunes about grief, bereavement etc. This one was written for Eric Roche - an oustanding guitarist, who was taken away by Cancer a few years ago. I met him just as he was first diagnosed, and we really hit it off. We'd known about each other for years, and lived parallel careers, as musicians, teachers, magazine writers...

We had all kinds of plans to tour and record together, and there was a tune of his called Deep Deep Down that we wanted to record together. We never got to do it, but I wrote this companion piece to it, Deeper Still, and have a solo arrangement of Deep Deep Down too.

Please go and investigate Eric's music, he was a remarkable musician and human being.

(Just in case it confuses anyway, Michael Manring - in the photo - isn't on the track. The gig that this was recorded at as a joint gig between us. We both played solo and then together. Sadly, his half wasn't recorded, but it felt good to recognise where there gig took place and with whom in the photos...)