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Mollie Marriott runs with the hounds

Mollie Marriott | Borderline | 1 June 2017

(photo credit: Laurence Harvey)

“The right backing vocalist will mould their voice to fit the lead singer rather than just stand out and sing in their own voice,” explains Mollie Marriott, a former backing vocalist herself who’s now walked the 20 feet to stardom

“It took me some time to figure out what I actually sound like myself, because you can be quite impressionable as a backing vocalist, picking up bits and pieces from other people.”

But Marriott, who stepped out as a solo singer after working with A-grade talent including Oasis and The Faces, has certainly found her own voice. Powerful and charismatic, with a hint of melancholy, it’s a finely tuned instrument perfectly suited to the confessional, deeply personal songs she’s written for debut album ‘Truth Is A Wolf’.

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Mollie Marriott takes Control

Mollie Marriott’s first solo gig didn’t quite begin according to plan.

“I was absolutely terrified,” remembers the daughter of Small Faces and Humble Pie legend Steve Marriott. “It was at the Half Moon in Putney, which was the last place my dad played before he died, so it was such an iconic place for me.”

The singer’s backing musicians had convinced her they’d start performing before she joined them on stage, to show the audience she wasn’t just the singer in a band.

“So they all walked on and left me in the dressing room,” Marriott remembers. “I could hear them playing, but when I went to open the dressing room door it was locked and I couldn’t get out,” she laughs.

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Matt Andersen: People get ready

Matt Andersen | The Borderline | 25 May 2017

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One of Matt Andersen’s favourite albums is Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’. Recorded with a church choir in 1972, the live LP captures the then 30-year-old singer belting out standards like ‘Climbing Higher Mountains’ as if her life depends on it. “It’s all about the delivery,” he explained to me recently.

The same can be said of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s own performances. Sitting alone on stage, with just an acoustic guitar and a bottled water for company, he strips back his songs to their bare bones. But anything the live renditions lose in instrumentation – none of the drums, brass, and electric guitar flourishes of the studio recordings make it onto the stage – they more than gain in heart and soul.

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Sonny Landreth is ‘Live In Lafayette’

Slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth is back with his first live album in 12 years.

The double LP ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’, due on 30 June, features two sets, one acoustic and one electric, that span his entire career, beginning with the title track of his debut album ‘Blues Attack’.

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