Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter
Band: Ned Roberts
Discography (Albums): Ned Roberts (2014)
Record Label: Unsigned
Our next showcase artist Ned Roberts is a very good singer-songwriter and acoustic finger-picker based in London. All of us at Laurel Canyon Music have been very impressed with Ned and think he has a great future in music ahead of him. Our song above is called 'Red Sun' which is taken from Ned's debut album released in 2014. Ned headlines at the Green Note, Camden on the 12th November.
Raised in a musical family, Ned first started gigging when living up in York, playing old folk covers and the odd Dylan tune. Not long after writing his first songs, he was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record.
The first single culled from these fruitful sessions was "Red Sun", which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and even Radio 3 in Spain. On the heels of this came the single "Blues #6", featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. Evoking early-period Paul Simon as if recorded late-night at Sun Studios back in the '50's, the track was championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio. No stranger to the road,Ned has toured the UK extensively. On his last outing he attained the much sought after support slot with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell.
His debut album – expertly mastered by John Fischbach (Stevie Wonder, Carole King) – was released in December 2014 to great acclaim, garnering significant national press, notably from the Guardian and Uncut magazine. In January, Ned recorded a live session for Bob Harris' Radio 2 Sunday show, and in February, he returned to Los Angeles to record his second album with producer Luther Russell. The pair then hit the road on a West Coast tour, supporting Fernando in Portland. Look out for the release of his sophomore release later in 2015.
'An understated gem' (The Independent on Sunday)
'A warm treat...his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin' 4/5 (The Guardian)
'A seriously confident affair...direct, urgent and ageless' 8/10 (UNCUT)
'A splendid debut...a beautiful record' (Gideon Coe, BBC 6MUSIC)
'Absolutely gorgeous stuff...one to really get excited about' (Lauren
Laverne, BBC 6MUSIC)