Joining Jools in the studio for the first episode of an eight-week run are Elbow, who return to the show fresh from their March stadium tour of the UK, supporting their fifth studio album Build a Rocket Boys! - the follow-up to their breakthrough big seller and Mercury Prize-winning The Seldom Seen Kid from 2008.
From Greater Manchester - although now London-based - come Liam Gallagher's five-piece Beady Eye, emerging from the shadow of Oasis to make their Later debut with songs from their first album Different Gear, Still Speeding.
Also making her Later debut is the Brian Eno-championed and BBC Sound of 2011 finalist Anna Calvi, leading her trio with her guitar with bluesy, noirish songs from her self-titled debut.
Returning to the show fresh from bandleading Mick Jagger's tribute to Solomon Burke at the Grammys is Raphael Saadiq, retro-soul king and former leader of nu-soul classicists Tony!Toni!Tone! with songs from his latest solo album Stone Rollin'.
Plus introducing Sweden's The Tallest Man on Earth aka solo artist Kristian Matsson, with his Dylanesque delivery and formidable acoustic guitar picking.