“SONG FOR EWE”
with HENRI HERBERT
“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’s guest is a boogie woogie punk bluesman, who used to play the Joanna for the Jim Jones Revue. He’s now tinkling the ivories at breakneck speed while flying solo. Just about to head out on a European tour and with a new single called “Talkin’ Bout The Boogie” out now, it’s Henri Herbert!
Henri is a whirling dervish like Jools Holland was a Bad Seed, and how can you beat lyric like “I got a supercharger in my left, gonna drive this engine right across your land”…and the b-side “Henri’s Boogie” pays homage to his influences, including Albert Ammons.
So I awaited Henri’s choice for a “song for ewe” with interest, and I wasn’t disappointed…
“‘Swinging Doors’ by Merle Haggard
I was on the tube in London and this song came blaring out from a fellow passenger’s headphones. I love Merle and hearing the song took me right back to Austin, Texas where I was touring in March and April after SXSW.
Unfortunately, Merle passed away while I was there. You could feel the sad mood everywhere. It became the most played song in Austin, both on the radio and on live stages. I had the honour of sitting in with Merle’s guitarist, Redd Volkaert, for a couple of songs one night, and we played this. I loved the song so much that I snuck it into my own set while I was touring out there. I’m always a bit nervous performing my version and have yet to perform it live in the UK… one day, maybe!
It’s a classic honky tonk tune with great guitar and imagery… once heard never forgotten.”
THE SINGLE’S OUT NOW, WITH A DEBUT ALBUM ON THE WAY FOR SPRING 2017 AND IF YOU’RE IN EUROPE YOU CAN CATCH HENRI RIGHT NOW:
CHEERS TO HENRI, AND TO SEAN NEWSHAM