Johnny Black

Johnny Black  |  Dec 18, 2019  |  0 comments
The outlook for the couple appeared grim, yet despite having no record contract, their marriage being on the rocks and Linda finding it difficult to sing, their sixth and what would be their final album together is now hailed as a British folk rock classic...

After a decade of recording and touring as a couple, Richard and Linda Thompson found themselves dropped by Chrysalis Records when their 1979 LP Sunnyvista flopped. They had made five albums in total, and brought two children into the world, with another one on the way. Clearly, it was time for a radical re-think.

Johnny Black  |  Nov 20, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: The National, The Hold Steady, Taffy and Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus.
Johnny Black  |  Nov 06, 2019  |  0 comments
Johnny Black examines the booming business of music merchandising

Here's a story I wish I didn't have to tell. Unfortunately, not to tell it would mean ignoring the alarming truth that recorded music is no longer – at least commercially – always the most important element in the recorded music industry.

Johnny Black  |  Oct 25, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jones, Wasuremono, Keywest and Hackney Colliery Band
Johnny Black  |  Sep 17, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Howard Jones, Tusks, Crazy P and Jamie Freeman
Johnny Black  |  Aug 28, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Skints, Matthew Edwards And The Unfortunates, The Cranberries and Pretty Archie
Johnny Black  |  Aug 20, 2019  |  0 comments
The runaway success of her 1987 single 'Luka' propelled this singer into the limelight leaving the album from which it was taken somewhat in the shade. Yet this delicate mix of sharply observed stories told with unassuming vocals is as iconic as they come

The unexpected success of Suzanne Vega's 1985 debut album put her under considerable pressure from her manager, Ron Fierstein, to record a follow-up. Despite that pressure, the album she delivered in 1987, Solitude Standing, pole-vaulted her to international multi-platinum status, establishing Vega as the pre-eminent female singer-songwriter of the era.

Johnny Black  |  Jul 25, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: James Morrison, Hajk, Josefin Öhrn And The Liberation and Ishmael Ensemble
Johnny Black  |  Jul 17, 2019  |  0 comments
The singer/songwriter's third album not only included two of her most celebrated songs but was the springboard for a career that would eventually see her achieve a number of firsts for UK female artists. Yet teasing out her talent was not straightforward...

Joan Armatrading was the first black British singer-songwriter to achieve major success. She would deserve to be hoisted shoulder-high for that alone but, above and beyond her commercial success, she should be recognised for having produced over the years a catalogue featuring a clutch of the finest songs ever written by any songwriter, male or female, black or white.

Johnny Black  |  Jun 20, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jon Amor, Delicate Steve, Crows and Nick Waterhouse