Hot on the heels of a swanky evening at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating 25 years on BBC2, Jools returns to Maidstone and to the regular Tuesday live slot with the first programme of the autumn series. Joining Jools is the now solo Liam Gallagher, who has been reminding the world of his indomitable rock 'n' roll spirit and how to rock a parka since his comeback at Glastonbury this summer. Gallagher and his band perform songs from his debut solo album As You Were, including lead track Wall of Glass. Of course Liam has been on Later a few times with Oasis and Beady Eye - while north-London-raised Benjamin Clementine only appeared once, back in 2013, sandwiched between Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys, but it launched his solo career, which culminated in a 2015 Mercury Prize triumph for his debut album At Least for Now. Now he is back, stepping out from behind the piano and asking us what it means to be human with songs from his forthcoming second album I Tell a Fly. Meanwhile, you may have seen Jorja Smith on the Albert Hall show, but here is Walsall's finest making her studio debut with her band, performing the new garage-flavoured track On My Mind after her 2016 anthem Blue Lights brought her to the attention of Drake and placed her on the BBC's Sound of 2017 list. The acerbic but eminently danceable LCD Soundsystem debuted on Later in 2007. Since then James Murphy's Brooklyn-based group have split up and reformed, but now they are back with songs from their fourth album, the chart-topping American Dream. The self-possessed and quietly powerful New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reid performs one of the songs from her second album Preservation, which all seems to quietly nail a moment that profoundly matters without sentimentality or fuss. Also joining Jools at the piano is Canadian singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow, who performs her stripped-down rendition of the Chuck Berry classic You Never Can Tell This number features on her upcoming album Playing Chess, a collection of songs drawn entirely from the catalogue of Chicago's iconic Chess label Throw in Jimmy Webb popping in to discuss his new memoir The Cake and the Rain, and no doubt reminisce about his buddy and interpreter, the late great Glen Campbell, and you have a great show.
Joining Jools for this week's musical merry-go-round are Brooklyn's The National, who made their debut on the show back in 2005 and have just scored their first number one album with their seventh collection Sleep Well Beast, with songs like Day I Die and The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, that find the band tackling oncoming middle age and the state of the world with their customary inventive melancholy. Morrissey appeared on Later's first series back in 1992 and returns for the sixth time with songs like Spent the Day in Bed from Low in High School, his eleventh studio album and his first in three years. The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with everyone from Frank Zappa to Beck. Queens of the Stone Age recently scored a number one UK album with their swaggering seventh studio album Villains, and frontman Josh Homme is in crooning mode to offer a unique performance of the closing track, Villains of Circumstance, accompanied by a string quartet and bandmate Dean Fertita. Alongside these veterans, prepare to meet 19-year-old American pop R&B singer Khalid and his breakout anthem Young Dumb and Broke from his debut album American Teen. Then make way for the returning Jessie Ware and songs from her third album Glasshouse, which adds a confessional, noir-ish feel to her 80s-influenced soul stylings on songs like Midnight and Selfish Love. Last but not least, please welcome the inventive keeper of classic country's flame, Marty Stuart, who started out as a 13-year-old with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt and is touring the UK to promote his album Way out West with his band The Fabulous Superlatives. They are performing acoustically in the high lonesome tradition of close harmony.
Robert Plant returns to the studio to perform songs from his 11th studio album Carry Fire, which he will be touring in the UK in November. Album and tour find Plant teamed up again with his band The Sensational Shape Shifters, in a set of songs that combines some haunting tribal rhythms with Plant's customary inventive flair and sense of urgency. US singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist St Vincent performs her lovelorn track New York solo at the piano from her upcoming and much-anticipated fifth album Masseduction. Also in the studio to perform a number or two from his recently released uplifting second album, Wake Up Now, is Wiltshire-based Nick Mulvey. Making their UK TV debuts are two very different artists. Rising spectral R&B star Kelela is a second-generation Ethiopian-American who was raised in Maryland and is now based in Los Angeles. She has spent time this year on the road with Gorillaz and The xx but is now on the cusp of releasing her debut studio album Take Me Apart. The second, also from the US, is John Moreland, a heartland singer-songwriter who was born in Texas, raised in Kentucky and is now based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Moreland mines the same territory as James McMurtry and early Bob Seger and on his latest LP, Big Bad Luv, continues his style of gruff vocals with tales of broken dreams and stubborn streaks in a broken America. Also on the show and returning to the Later... studio for the fourth time is singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Beck with songs from his upcoming 13th studio album Colors, his first new album in three years and the follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning Morning Phase LP. He has described it as 'simple, uplifting and galvanising' and includes tracks co-written and produced with the man of the moment Greg Kurstin, who has recently worked with the likes of Foo Fighters and Liam Gallagher.
Joining Jools for his musical buffet this week are north London's grunge shapeshifters Wolf Alice, with tracks from their new album Visions of a Life - the follow-up to their Mercury- and Grammy-nominated Top 10 debut My Love Is Cool. The band describe their new album, recorded in LA, as 'stylistically broad' because it flits between dreampop and rage-filled punk tracks featuring frontwoman Ellie Roswell's distinctive screaming vocal. Also making a welcome return from Brooklyn with their first material in five years are indie rockers Grizzly Bear, with a number or two from their latest LP Painted Ruins, which sees the band move away from their dark, moody material for more pop-oriented stylings, demonstrated on their lead single Mourning Sound. Making her debut on the show is America's breakthrough R&B singer Solana Rowe, aka SZA. Endorsed by the likes of Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar to name a few, and having co-written for pop royalty including Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, the singer from St Louis performs in her own right with intoxicating songs from her long-awaited debut album Ctrl. Contrastingly, another debutant this week, but at the age of 62, most certainly not new to the game, is a true master of the hill country blues, RL Boyce. Bringing a flavour of the pure, distilled essence of the blues from the deep south to the Later studio, Boyce performs songs from his new album Roll and Tumble, which he wrote on his front porch in Como, Mississippi. Also now added to the show are former members of The Beautiful South, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, who perform a couple of tracks from their third album together, Crooked Calypso, which reached number two in the album charts in July. Completing the line-up is 23-year-old King Krule, who sometimes releases music under his birth name Archy Marshall. He makes his debut on the show and, along with his band, runs through a track or two from his upcoming new album The Ooz, including the track Dum Surfer, which continues his style of rusty-blues vocals with lyrics that evoke spooky and dark imagery, and certainly have no filter.
On the last show of this series, which began with Liam Gallagher's solo debut, we welcome back Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, who debut songs from their new long-player Who Built the Moon? This new album, inspired by French psychedelic pop, is the follow-up to 2015's Chasing Yesterday. Making her Later... debut is British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa, who performs a couple of songs from her Top 10 self-titled debut album. The new pop icon is riding high, having had huge success with her chart-topping summer anthem New Rules and attracting one of the biggest crowds at Glastonbury this June. Also from Albania, and making their debut but with a completely different sound, are Saz'iso, a collection of southern Albania's finest folk musicians, who have been put together by legendary producer Joe Boyd and who offer a thrilling introduction to Saze, one of Europe's richest but most overlooked music genres. They perform tunes from their collection of mesmerizing arabesques and heartbreaking laments from the album At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song. Making their TV debut is east London-based eight-piece Superorganism, whose members prefer to keep their identities anonymous and hail from many corners of the earth, having originally met on music forums years ago. With just a handful of songs released, this mysterious new band perform one or two of their catchy, hook-laden pop songs in their groundbreaking choreographed style, which has already got tongues wagging. Returning to the show for the first time in 15 years is LA-based Aimee Mann, who has rightly been named one of the world's best living songwriters. She performs a couple of numbers from her latest and ninth solo record Mental Illness, which Mann describes as her 'saddest, slowest and most acoustic' album to date.