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There is no Next Episode of Later... with Jools Holland planned.
Later...with Jools Holland returns for its 49th series with the sort of exclusives that makes it the key taste-making destination in music television.
Nashville's Kings of Leon return to Jools' theatre of dreams with their first album in three years, Walls, which finds them re-energised and returning to the anthemic sound and classic songwriting of their best work, thanks in part to producer Markus Dravs.
Jack White has appeared on the show with the White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and recently toured and fronted not one but two bands of different genders, but now he makes his solo acoustic debut, re-interpreting songs from his back catalogue - many of which are previously unreleased, ahead of a whole album collecting acoustic work from 1988-2016.
Multi-Grammy award winning Sting has sold over 100 million albums and has been touring the past two years with both Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel, but he's also found time to make his first straight-ahead rock 'n' roll album in many a year. 57th & 9th refers to the street he crossed on his way to the New York studio where he recorded this thirteenth solo work, showcasing Sting at his canniest and most direct as displayed in new single, I Can't Stop Thinking About You, which echoes his work with The Police.
Stir into that, the dark R 'n' B of LA's Banks, who's about to release her second album The Altar, and Antibes-grown LA based Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez's band M83 with the delightful 80s inflected disco dream pop of seventh studio album Junk and you've got the kind of mix that only Jools can provide, all quality, no filler.
Jools Holland presents hot, legendary and relatively unknown artists in performance. Jools invites another eclectic mix of music into his quadrangle of quality, including national treasures Madness, who are about to release their 12th studio album Can't Touch Us Now. Squaring up to Camden's nutty boys is a son of Wimbledon - Jamie Alexander Treays, better known as Jamie T, with Trick, his second album in two years. Calming things down is singer-songwriter Beth Orton, who has dramatically reinvented the folktronica of her earliest work with the electronica of sixth album Kidsticks. Introducing the commanding falsetto of new US R&B leading man Gallant. Christopher Gallant's debut album Ology blends slow beats with some alt-rock influences. Also introducing Rag'n'Bone Man, a big bruiser of a man from Uckfield near Brighton, with his debut single, the tender Human, a piano ballad which manages to be both vulnerable and threatening at the same time.
Jools Holland presents hot, legendary and relatively unknown artists in performance. Joining Jools on the third show of the series and making his Later... debut is Bee Gee Barry Gibb, who will be performing a track or two from his upcoming second solo album In the Now, which he co-wrote with his sons Stephen and Ashley. Barry and his band will also treat us to one or two Bee Gees classics. Returning to the show is Norah Jones, who is on the cusp of releasing her sixth solo album Day Breaks, which finds her returning to the piano and her roots. Slaves made their debut on the show back in 2014 and return to rip through a couple of numbers from their second studio album Take Control, which was produced by former Beastie Boy Michael "Mike D" Diamond. Singer-songwriter Declan McKenna performs a couple of tracks from his soon-to-come debut album, which is he working on with producer James Ford. Performing solo, Lisa Hannigan has just released her third album At Swim.
Jools Holland presents hot, legendary and relatively unknown artists in performance. Joining Jools are Glasgow rock band Twin Atlantic, who are making their Later... debut following their recently released fourth album GLA. Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has reinvented himself for his third album We Move, which finds him baring his soul and his unique falsetto in the fractured R&B and trip hop territory of the likes of The Weeknd. Nu skool old school southern rock comes from Georgia's Blackberry Smoke, who are about to release their fifth album Like An Arrow. French-American chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux returns to the show with songs from her new album of standards and covers Secular Hymns, which finds her working in a live trio with guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Barak Mori. Returning to the show as a solo artist is Tom Chaplin, known for being the frontman of the hugely successful British band Keane. Chaplin is on the cusp of releasing his debut album The Wave.
Jools Holland presents hot, legendary and relatively unknown artists in performance. Joining Jools are The Pretenders, led by the inimitable Chrissie Hynde. They play tracks from their upcoming ninth studio album Alone, their first since 2008. Joining them will be the record's producer, Dan 'The Black Keys' Auerbach. Two black British artists are making their TV debuts on the show tonight. Londoner Samm Henshaw is shaping up to be a new star of British rock and soul. South London unsigned singer and rapper Ray BLK has grown out of the British grime scene and has been getting a lot of attention for her soulful and honest R&B tracks. Also making their debut on the show are Empire of the Sun, the collaboration between Luke Steele, of alternative rock act The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore, of electronic dance outfit Pnau. They showcase a couple of tracks from their much anticipated third album Two Vines. And chatting to Jools is Paul Rodgers, original member of Free and Bad Company.