LATEST country hit-maker to make his way from Nashville to Sheffield is Jace Everett.
It is a well-worn route which has brought plenty of great music makers to the steel city.
But singer-songwriter Everett is a worthy traveller along the path who can readily switch from graceful music making to power-packed rock in the blink of an eye.
His country rock sound takes in touches of Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Jim Morrison and even Marvin Gaye.
Indiana-born and Texas-raised Everett’s upbringing has its roots in the evangelical church.
He recalled: “The church is where I learned about music, played bass and did my first real public singing.
“It’s also the place where the girls thought I was really cool.
“I’ve always been attracted to emotionally and spiritually mature themes – philosophically and musically.
“I was a father at 23, I’ve been in every grunt job in the world; preacher, travelling musician, truck driver...”
That explains why there are so many influences on his powerful voice: “I love the way Willie Nelson never sings on the beat. And Ray Charles can do something with a note, just one: there’s so much pain and love and sexuality.
“I took something from everyone I liked.”
Everett’s songs display the same supreme grasp of his sources: “I love Willie and Waylon; late-model Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, for their directness of lyric and the common-day things and people in their songs.
“Also, the cinematic side of rock — Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin. In soul music, sexuality and spiritual redemption aren’t opposites on the coin, but actually the same. I aspire to get all those things in one song.”
All of this accounts for Everett’s unique resonance — on record, on stage and combined with the visual work of other creative minds.
Jace Everett is at the Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, on Monday.
BILLY Mitchell will forever be a hilarious half of the Maxi and Mitch duo.
An accomplished guitarist and versatile vocalist, Billy started making music back in the 60s.
Once he’d learned the basics, he started a group called The Callies to show the people of his native Newcastle what folk music should sound like.
After a spell in Vancouver, Billy returned to England to join Jack The Lad with members of the recently-split Lindisfarne.
By the end of the 70s he had teamed up with Peter McIntyre to form Maxie and Mitch and they spent 24 years playing music in a very funny way to people all over the world.
He celebrated his 60th birthday back in 2006 and decided it was time to form the first ever Billy Mitchell Band, who will be at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby tonight.
Musical tradition continues
ELIZA Carthy carries on a wonderful and rich tradition of music making passed on to her by her parents, Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy.
Now you can enjoy their joyous delivery of some amazing music thanks to a DVD of a very special show which brought a host of the Waterson family together at the Hull Truck Theatre.
On stage are, from the original Watersons, Norma and Mike plus Martin Carthy, with Eliza Carthy, Mike’s wife Ann, their daughters Rachel and Eleanor and the son and daughter of the late Lal Waterson, Oliver Knight and Marry Waterson.
Eliza Carthy and her Band are at the Greystones, Greystones, Road, Sheffield, tonight.