“SONG FOR EWE”
with JAMES LEG of BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today it’s a man of many names and many great bands, but every sinew rock & roll. A garage head once the “low man on the totem pole”, keyboardist and tail end charlie for The Immortal Lee County Killers (ILCK line up mark 3), but more recently the charismatic leader of The Black Diamond Heavies, he looks like a close relative of Ian Kilmister (RIP) but has re-written the rule book, including making a raucous unholy racket with just a keyboard and drums. Some call him John Wesley Myers, but right now, en route to a UK tour for a new album, we call him the right Reverend James Leg!
My ColdRice buds from Birmingham first got me into the Black Diamond Heavies and I still love the raw alien garage of their first album “Every Damn Time”. When I saw on the promoter Punk Rock Blues site that James was on his way back, I knew I had to get in touch with this kindred spirit. I wish I could start up the old Velvet Sheep Whitechapel club nights just to accommodate a fire and brimstone date with my man, but the next best thing is this chat. I asked him to throw me a bone on what he’s up to…and here’s what he sez…
“As you may know, i’m about to tour the UK at the end of May/beginning of June. i’m out here pushin’ my latest record, Below The Belt.
Tour dates here…
…after that i will be playing festivals around Europe…including a week of shows in various French prisons. i’ll be posting all the dates for the next few months next week.
I spent the winter in the studio and will have a new record out this coming September titled Blood On The Keys.”
In advance of that, sure to be incendiary album, here’s one of my all-time favs, a deep cut soulful number from James’ Black Diamond Heavies…
Phew, you’ll probably need to lie down after that, but here’s something to get you back on your feet, from a legend that we should enjoy while he’s still on terra firma, so without further ado, it’s over to James for his “song for ewe”…
“I read something from Little Richard other day..calming rumours he is in poor health.
Put the man on my mind..especially considerin’ the bounty seems to be on the heads of our rocknroll elders this year. This has always been a favourite of mine.
JAMES LEG, I SALUTE EWE.