Tomorrow (Thursday 18th September) The Red Clay Halo and I will play the first of our showcases at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, at The Listening Room at 8pm. Our set is going to include our cover of Aretha Franklin's 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man'.
Earlier this year, we played a sold out show in the prestigious Hall One at Kings Place as part of the Americana Music Association UK showcase there. Early the next morning we went in to Mark Ronson's Zelig studios and set up to record direct to vinyl via a link through to Gearbox Records' incredible mastering suite next door.
I first heard 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man' performed by Aretha Franklin on her album Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. I was about thirteen years old and discovering Aretha changed my life because she made me want to learn how to sing. I used to shut myself in my room after school, put on this record and sing along until my voice was hoarse. Then, over time, I learned how to sing along without losing my voice and this song became my album favourite. Later on in life, I discovered a love of country music and subsequently The Flying Burrito Brothers' cover of the song, which is on their record The Gilded Palace of Sin. I fell hard for this version too, and Gram quickly became a source of song-writing inspiration for me. So this magnificent song reflects, at least in our minds, both of these influences.