Friday, 18 July 2014

Matt Henshaw Recommends ... Jesse Wright

Well, yesterday I went on a little road trip with this beautiful soul. Jesse's first time out of Leicester, and in the big city, "London Baby" as she quoted the cast from Friends. Safe to say it was a wonderful day and with everything she does, Jesse put in her big heart and soul.

Down on Brick Lane Miss Wright put in a great account of herself, and more and more shows outside the city of Leicester will come I'm sure. Jesse has the voice for it, whether churning out a carefully crafted original song or breezing through old standards like 'Summertime' or Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good', it's a husky, soulful, throbbing powerhouse, emotive and yearning, you can't help but feel every word.

An ardent collaborator and a genuinely good natured soul, you might see Jesse singing with, one of my previous 'Matt Henshaw Recommends ... and one of my favourite boys in the East Midlands, James Byron, or Rhett Barrow and The Dedbeats amongst countless others, and for our roadtrip Jesse made some fabulous vegetarian sandwiches and a little packed lunch, it's these wonderful little things that make life on the road so much easier.

And the company and conversation, you couldn't really ask for more, get out and see Jesse perform, in Leicester and/or beyond, and have a chat, she'll never fail to entertain. On the way home she told me that her new favourite band is the one and only, up and coming, The Strangler Figs, and who can blame her, but there'll be loads more to come on those guys and gals later.

Peace, Love & Tea, MHx

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