Saturday, 12 November 2011

GUEST SPOT # 24 - KT Tunstall - 'Black Horse and the CherryTree'

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KT Tunstall - 'Black Horse & the Cherry Tree' (live on Jools Holland 2008)

This week's guest spot from the delightful Mrs S: I've heard that her 12-egg carbonara has to be tasted to be believed! So I will be placing my order in advance please!!

So ... picture this attractive scene: Jon & I  collapsed on the sofa some considerable time after we should have gone to bed sort-of watching Jools Holland. I had just decided it was time to stop arsing about & actually go to bed when someone new appeared on stage and distracted me (not a tough thing to do.) The someone was a girl with a guitar and to be honest I didn't pay much attention because that was not extraordinary in itself. Still, I stuck around to watch, mostly because I still couldn't be bothered to go to bed.

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I listened as one girl with a guitar, a tambourine and an effects pedal created layer upon layer within this amazing song and I was hooked. Actually having just watched it again I'm STILL hooked. That appearance on Jools Holland was her first on TV and obviously since then I've heard this song on the radio a million times and I've seen her do it live with a band but it's never been quite the same. Once the band was added and it got to sounding a bit more "slick" somehow it lost something.

KT Tunstall started out busking and is in my opinion still at her best left to her own devices with as little accompaniment as possible. Proof of this if proof could possibly still be needed:-



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12 November 2011 at 12:02

Ah.. The fantastic 'Delay Modeler' pedals.... they entrance me all the time especially because when there's no room for error! Great versions, hadn't heard "I want you back" and I like it! Agree that she's probably best to see in her busking best!

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12 November 2011 at 20:50

Holy moly! I sort of liked a few of her songs but if I had seen that performance on Jools Holland, I would have been blown away and probably a big fan! It gives "one man band" a whole new meaning!

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13 November 2011 at 09:04

Mrs S, you are spot on. I remember seeing this 'Later' performance and being similarly knocked out but, again, being a little disappointed as she became a 'name' artist and added all the usual 'production values'. I'd love it if she got back to basics. I saw a video of her doing a guest post on US radio station KCRW's 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' back in the early was and it was equally entrancing. I expect you can still find it on their web-site.

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13 November 2011 at 09:10

Sometimes things are best when they are stripped back and you can see the raw talent. 'I Want You Back' proves it. Thanks Kate for sharing this, I never saw KT Tuntall do this on Jools Holland and I now see her in a different light.

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13 November 2011 at 10:02

Knocked out by both performances, downloading both from Utube, 'I want you back' my favourite MJ. I have a couple of Dylan Covers by her but I really sort of dismissed her, my loss. Thanks for putting back on the S&N.

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