Paolo Nutini @ The Palais

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BY MIA ABRAHAMS
Photo by Maddison Pitt

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Photo by Maddison Pitt

 

Love was certainly in the air as Paolo Nutini burst onto the stage at The Palais to the funky sounds of Scream (Funk My Life Up),the lead single from his new album, Caustic Love. The crowd was on board with Nutini from the opening number, and didn’t wane in energy or admiration throughout. Accompanied by his high-energy eight-piece band and backing singer, Nutini started out with a few of his sexier soul-funk numbers Let Me Down Easy and Coming Up Easy. It didn’t take long for everybody to get up out of their red leather seats (not an easy feat, those chairs are comfortable). Nutini’s voice is flawless, and has effortlessly made the transition from his earlier folk/pop-rock roots to his newer funk-soul sound. He dealt with his best-known hits Jenny Don’t Be Hasty and New Shoes in a combined one-two punch mid way through the set. Jenny Don’t Be Hasty was almost obscured by a rock cover that lacked most of the original melody, but this didn’t seem to bother the crowd too much. Nutini seemed far more present during the raw and impassioned performance of new single Iron Sky.

While his vocal ability could more than keep up with the change in genres, his performance felt uneven at times. On stage, Nutini seems far older than his 27 years, partly because his music and singing style draws from funk-soul veterans like Charles Bradley, Otis Redding and even a bit of D’Angelo. It’s also because his performance sometimes erred on being cheesy, when he could’ve let his romantic songs bring the love factor for him. His encore set included a funk flavoured cover of MGMT’s Time to Pretend and bluesy crowd favourite Candy. The final highlight was the ballad Last Request, which Nutini played stripped back under a spotlight with an acoustic guitar, showcasing his soaring vocals.

Paolo Nutini is exactly the kind of musician you would want to bring home to meet your mum, and although his music is heavy on the romance, it’s the kind of romance your mum could get behind: not too sexy and not too subtle. About half way through the show, Nutini paused to dedicate a song to a special lady in his life, his mother. You could just about hear the ladies (and a few gents) in the audience mass swooning. He knew his audience, and he was there to show them a good time.

Loved: That voice.
Hated: The two women behind me saying “He is sooo cute” every ten minutes.
Drank: Nothing – no drinks allowed inside the Palais.

Scottish crooner Paolo Nutini reveals he’d been hiding in Jamaica…

… and going on ‘four-day benders’ during his musical sabbatical

By PENELOPE KILBY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 07:46 EST, 1 April 2015

He shunned the spotlight for years, even growing to resent his own music.

But Scottish crooner, Paolo Nutini is back with a vengeance, and opening up about his self appointed break from the music industry and what he did to kill time.

It had been five years since the 28-year-old produced new music.

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The handsome hipster told The Australian newspaper on Wednesday that his time out included standard boyish behaviour: ‘Some of it was just playing Xbox for two days or going on four-day benders.’

He also told the newspaper that he thought the music he was producing was ‘substandard’, so he took an extended period living the island life in Jamaica and St Lucia.

‘I’d hear a song of mine on the radio and I’d switch it off,’ he admitted.

The former street busker found instant success with his first album These Streets in 2006 and once again with his second album, Sunny Side up in 2009.

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It took Paolo five-years of laying about in a tropical oasis to muster the inspiration to produce his third album, Caustic Love.

Thankfully, the Jenny Don’t Be Hasty hit-maker became inspired once again, which lead him to Australia, where he’ll headline one of the country’s biggest music festivals.

The handsome Scotsman is now en route to Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast for the annual Bluesfest event over Easter.

Earlier in the week he performed on Channel Seven’s Sunrise before doing a show Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Tuesday night and another in Melbourne on Wednesday.

In 2014 he wooed fans with his throaty, soulful voice at Glastonbury before having to postponed a highly anticipated gig in his hometown, Glasgow after a bout of severe tonsillitis.

He caused a slight uproar in June when he admitted to smoking an incredible amount of marijuana during an interview with Q.
When quizzed about whether he’d used the illegal drug he candidly replied: ‘Every day since I was about 16. Can the world please get to grips with marijuana? How long can this go on?’

Claiming it was no worse than alcohol, he also defended boy band One Direction after two members reportedly smoked cannabis, and even threw Miley Cyrus into the debate. Nutini said: ‘They are men now. Let’s flip it and look at the female global pop stars out there.

‘Sexualisation isn’t the problem, it’s a case of class. I saw a photo of Miley Cyrus with her leotard pulled up – is that cool? And One Direction can’t have a joint? They’re the bad role models? Come on.’

Paolo Nutini – Sydney, Enmore Theatre 31/03/15

Written by Elisa Parry on 1st April, 2015
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Picture by Maria Boyadgis

 

Roguish good looks? Tick. Scottish accent? Tick. Arguably one of the best male soul voices in existence? Tick. Paolo Nutini ticks all the right boxes. Dressed in a plain white t-shirt and denim jeans he’s got a strong James Dean vibe going on, and it’s working very well for him.

Paolo gets straight down to business, opening with Scream (Funk My Life Up) and Let Me Down Easy off his latest offering Caustic Love. With a nine-piece band behind him, the big brassy sound and soulful beats have the dance floor started in no time.

The crowd are a particularly rowdy bunch. Though with his chiselled jaw, rasping vocals and low swinging hips, Paolo Nutini understandably inspires a few impure thoughts. Before things get too carried away, he slows the pace down with one of his older tunes Coming Up Easy. Judging by the response, it’s a full house of long-term fans, and they are more than happy to join in for the chorus.

You certainly can’t deny his passion. The man’s got a lot of feelings and he’s not afraid to pull some great faces to get his mouth around those heartfelt notes. Some people are just born performers and Paolo Nutini is clearly one of them.

Jenny Don’t Be Hasty bleeds into a mash up of New Shoes followed by Looking For Something, which he dedicates to his mother in the crowd. Smooth move Nutini, as if we could possibly love you any more.

Folky ballad Better Man shows a softer side of his voice, allowing that raw Scottish accent to shine through. Next up is The Streets, where you can only just hear Paolo over the audience’s own renditions. Bluesy anthems Diana, Cherry Blossom and Iron Sky get a run as well as Pencil Full Of Led, that even gets the upper level of The Enmore on its feet and dancing down the aisles.

He kicks off a very welcome encore with Tricks of the Trade and Someone Like You. The crowd goes wild for Candy, before some of the more suggestive remarks have him giggling through his final song for the evening, Last Request.

From the constant cries of “I want your babies” to the epic sing-alongs and rapturous applause, one thing is for sure; Sydney has a hell of a lot of love for Paolo Nutini. I’d like to think it’s reciprocal, as I’m sure would every single woman in the audience.

Bluesfest 2015: Hunter Hayes and Paolo Nutini do justice to blues legends in the lineup

Peter Vincent
National Music Editor
The Sydney Morning Herald

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Photo by Jessica Hromas

 

Singer-songwriter Nutini has twice topped the UK charts and his latest album Caustic Love was called “the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker” by The Independent.

Nutini was 17 and not long out of working in his father’s  Glasgow fish-and-chip shop when he was first plucked to appear at Bluesfest in 2007. There on the same bill was the mysterious Rodriguez, whose album Cold Fact had bewitched the young Scottish-Italian.

“[Rodriguez] was very shamanistic to me, almost not part of our [human] realm, like a god. His music was an amazing marriage of fantasy and reality. I grew up revering him,” remembers Nutini, who is these days a little revered himself, in Britain at least.

“I went backstage and there he was, in his black leather trousers and black leather hat, black coat. He hadn’t even turned around and I went, ‘That’s him!’ We got to talking and he said, ‘Oh yeah, you’re the new blood.’ I said, ‘Great to meet you, brother.’ He went, ‘I don’t know if I’m your brother but I sure know what you mean,’ and he gave me this huge hug.

“Without meeting him that day I don’t know whether I would have [gone on]. That really inspired me to keep doing what I do.”
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/bluesfest-2015-hunter-hayes-and-paolo-nutini-do-justice-to-blues-legends-in-the-lineup-20150330-1m91od.html#ixzz3WT5PC9Mp

Cape Town, South Africa – March 18, 2015

Photographs by Warren Talmarkes

10 pics of Paolo Nutini’s love affair with Cape Town
Channel 24

Cape Town – Paolo Nutini stole the heart of Cape Town when he took the stage at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Wednesday night.  Marking his first trip to South Africa, the soulful singer made sure to imprint his infectious smile in the hearts of the crowd… Wow what a show!  Nothing can quite describe the emotion Paolo shared with his music, but to give you a taste…   Here are 10 pics that will have you wishing you were there:

Paolo Nutini: Coming up Easy

A Paolo Nutini biography by Colin MacFarlane

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Mary Anna and I became acquainted with Colin back when we were interviewed by Norman Silvester.  When we found out he was writing an (unauthorized) biography on Paolo, we were excited to see what the end result would be, and here it is!  It’s available now on Amazon, and full of all sorts of Paolo facts, quotes and articles about Paolo.

Regarding Colin:

Colin MacFarlane was brought up in the notorious Gorbals area of Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s. This led to him writing a best selling trilogy about his life, starting with The Real Gorbals Story. While working as a journalist in South Wales he became friends with Tom Jones’ cousin and pals. He later wrote Tom Jones’ first biog The Boy From Nowhere. MacFarlane is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. He is also a member of the Paolo Nutini fan club.

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini stays true to his voice

smh.com.au

Craig Mathieson February 12, 2015

Last October, just before a pair of arena gigs in his hometown of Glasgow, the Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini came down with a sore throat so bad he couldn’t eat, drink or even swallow. At 2am in the morning he went to the emergency department of the hospital around the corner from his family home.

The doctor who saw him took one look at his throat and then said two things. The first was “tonsillitis”. The second was, “We’ll both be doing something else tomorrow night.” Like more than 25,000 other Glaswegians, she had tickets to his shows.

It was the first gig in 10 years that the 28-year-old had cancelled, a record that had become a point of pride for Nutini. What’s more, having to do it in Glasgow left him worried that he’d offered offence somewhere he shouldn’t. “I may have annoyed someone with a bit of pull upstairs,” he adds with a rueful laugh.

Speaking, sans tonsils, from a quiet corner of the backstage area of another arena, this time in Birmingham – “I’m not sure what they call this place, but it’s big,” says Nutini – the musician with the Italian name, courtesy of his Tuscan immigrant father, and the Scottish accent was easygoing with an obvious passion for music and a vein of self-deprecating humour.

“At the end of the show people are still pretty much all still standing there, which is a good sign,” he says. “Seems like they come to my show because they like the music, it matters to them, and not because they just want to see if I’m any good or not. There’s not a lot of cynics in my audience, and that’s fine by me.”

In an era of music stars as multi-media engines and successful brands, Nutini is a throwback to 1970s. He writes songs, makes records – at a fairly slow pace – and then goes on tour to play them live. “Don’t bother asking,” he says, joking at one point, “I don’t have any new dance moves.”

Nonetheless, over the course of three albums – 2006’s These Streets, 2009’s Sunny Side Up, and 2014’s Caustic Love – he’s sold about 8 million albums worldwide, showcasing a voice that recalls the greats of blue-eyed British soul, such as Steve Winwood and the recently passed Joe Cocker. Nutini grew up listening to 1950s doo-wop groups such as the Platters on family vinyl, and those formative musical memories remain his strongest.

“Hearing those songs makes me feel like I’m home, so when I’m in America I try to pay my respects, even if it’s just going to the places where those musicians worked and played, says Nutini. “I’m just hoping to get a sense of what they did and what made them so good.”

Nutini tours with a 10-piece band, the Vipers, but their warmth and force live hasn’t precluded Nutini from growing more assured in the studio. On Caustic Love, which debuted at No. 6 on the Australian charts last April, there are digital grooves and a shimmer worthy of American R&B contemporaries such as Frank Ocean, while Janelle Monae guests on the funk joint Fashion. Nutini may be down to earth, but he’s not afraid of progress.

His inspiration was the legendary Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun, the man that corralled the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin and who, before he passed away in 2006, told the 19-year-old and newly signed Nutini to ignore the advice his staff would invariably offer.

“They’re good at their jobs but it means nothing if you don’t give them something to work with,” said Ertegun, whose dapper appearance reminded Nutini of his grandfather, “and the only way you can do that is by being you.”

Nutini has heeded Ertegun’s advice, even if “being you” means that he casually proclaims his daily marijuana use to the disapproval of some or publicly frets about whether he’s up to the considerable success he’s enjoying.

“There’s not a lot of days I feel like a rock star, nothing has really up and changed in my life,” says Nutini. “And I wouldn’t want to feel that different than I do now. I probably wouldn’t make the music I’m making now if I thought I was someone different.”

Paolo Nutini plays the Enmore Theatre on March 31, tickets $84.10, ticketek.com.au; and the Byron Bay Bluesfest, April 2-6, bluesfest.com.au.

You say it’s your birthday…

 

Photo by Andrew Whitton

Photo by Andrew Whitton

Six years!  I can hardly believe it!  It’s been so much fun bringing you Paolo news and just generally sharing the Paolo love with you all for the last six years.  Thanks to all of you for coming on this ride with us, and we hope you’ve enjoyed The Daily Paolo, the most comprehensive Paolo Nutini fan site.  Here’s to many years to come!

Also, it’s Mary Anna’s birthday today!  Happy birthday, Mary Anna!  Thank you for being my partner in crime!  <3