Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun \ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.
In 2010 I debuted the A-side off Nick Waterhouse’s Some Place 7″ on my SIRIUS show. Looking to describe his aesthetic in a contemporary sense I likened it to that of Richard Hawley – in that both artists tap into the past without falling prey to overcooked retro pastiche. Here, on the seventh installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, things come full circle as Waterhouse takes on Hawley’s “Tonight The Streets Are Ours.” Both it and his interpretation of the Strange Boys “Keys To the Kingdom” find Waterhouse in rare form – solo and stripped down in stark contrast to the live revue that at last count boasted up to nine players and backing vocalists. And speaking of live, catch Waterhouse and co. in an intimate room while you still can – you’ll thank me later. Full-length debut, Time’s All Gone, out May 1 via Innovative Leisure.