It’s been an exciting month. I released ‘Natalie’ on May 27th while on tour for the first time as a three-piece unit – the Jess Morgan Trio, that’s with my Norwich homies Jose McGill and Noel Dashwood. This was all ever so fitting and handy since it’s the three of us who performed all the music you’ll hear on this particular record.
The Bluegrass Situation premiered the official music video – which was animated by Alex Stanlake from an untidy bunch of sketches I sent him earlier this year.
So… here’s that video:
We got our first big play from Mr Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music – who mentioned the home-made vinyl project I’d spent a year slaving over (Read about that here: https://morgwrites.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/mockvinyl/) He said my record had given his turntable a nervous breakdown! Sorry Gidders.
Then one of my favourite playlist curators Cherrie McIllwaine on BBC Ulster in Northern Ireland played the song and said she’ll “definitely be playing that again, for sure.”
Roddy Hart for BBC Scotland received his record in one piece too which he deemed “most spectacular of fashions…” and “a great commitment to the cause of being an independent musician.” He called the song a “lovely thing indeed,” and I’m always chuffed to get a play from Roddy. I think his show is fantastic and I always gleam a few new music tips from each episode.
Adam Walton for BBC Wales played the song and mentioned the 7″ and Noel’s dobro playing got some well deserved complimentary tweets from the show’s listeners! Adam wasn’t entirely convinced my welsh connection was sting enough for the programme – but was sweet enough to play the song anyway. Once Bethan (Calan) has taken me through the basics of trad. step dancing Adam – I’ll come and dance in the studio and see if we can’t change your mind. I’m dead proud of my roots, me.
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Best yet… I sent my friend Chris T-T a copy of the song on the home-made 7″ where it met with a great deal of support. T-T said I’d “taken the vinyl revolution, hipster thing to the next level.” and himself embracing the whole mad scheme, played ‘Natalie’ all the way through from the record – on the studio turntable. That show went out on Juice FM Brighton… but Chris T-T’s “Midnight Campfire” can also be played again here: Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire // 25 May 2016 Chris T-T
Next came a really important play from the BBC Radio2 Folk Show and one that so many friends, family and face-bookers were crossing fingers for…thank you. It was a hell of a shout-out from Mr Radcliffe – not just for the song but for the record that them at R2 thought it looked like a big piece of white chocolate! Here’s the link to that show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07dbkkj
Hot damn. Radio 2 called for a second time that week with a play from the fantastic Paul Sexton – sitting in as host for Bob Harris Sunday. He said “it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘making a record’ … it does sound a bit like a recording from the very early days of the BBC, but Jess I will be sending you the bill for the use of a new stylus!” Oops. Sorry Paul. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07dptdc
So there we have it! What a loot.
I’m just really enjoying telling the story and playing this song live and even better with a little real-time delicate dobro in my left ear.