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Music programme featuring sessions from contemporary and classic artists. Guests include The Pretenders, Samm Henshaw, Ray BLK, Empire of the Sun and Paul Rodgers.

Joining Jools on the fifth show of the series is the classic rock and roll band The Pretenders. Led by the inimitable Chrissie Hynde, they play tracks from their upcoming ninth studio album Alone, their first since 2008. Joining them will be the record's producer, Dan 'The Black Keys' Auerbach.

Two black British artists are making their TV debuts on the show tonight. Londoner Samm Henshaw is shaping up to be a new star of British rock and soul - he manages to combine a rich retro sound, steeped in a soul tradition, whilst pushing it forwards with subtle experimentation and strong songs. South London unsigned singer and rapper Ray BLK has grown out of the British grime scene and has been getting a lot of attention for her songs that channel her likes, loves and occasional dislikes for her hometown into soulful and honest R&B tracks like My Hood, that you won't be able to get out of your head.

Finally also making their debut on the show are Empire of the Sun, the collaboration between Luke Steele, of alternative rock act The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore, of electronic dance outfit Pnau. Together, these alt-electro pioneers are known for their elaborate stage sets and futuristic outlandish vibe. Their 2008 debut album Walking on a Dream brought the duo international success. They showcase a couple of tracks from their much anticipated third album Two Vines, along with a headdress or two.

Chatting to Jools are Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs, three of the original members of Bad Company. The 70s rock stalwarts have reformed for a swan song tour of the UK.

US born folk singer-songwriter and humourist Loudon Wainwright III appeared on the second ever episode of Later... back in October 1992, and he returns to the studio 350 shows later to entertain and amuse with a number or two from his latest and 26th album Haven't Got the Blues (Yet).

Plus a performance from rising British blues rock guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor, who is making her debut on the show with a couple of tracks from her recently released fifth studio album Wild.

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 11 Oct 2016 23:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Pretenders

    Holy Commotion

  • Samm Henshaw

    Our Love

  • Empire of the Sun

    High & Low

  • Joanne Shaw Taylor

    Dyin' To Know

  • Loudon Wainwright III

    I Knew Your Mother


    My Hood

  • Pretenders

    Don't Get Me Wrong


Role Contributor
Presenter Jools Holland
Director Janet Fraser Crook
Series Producer Alison Howe
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Performer Joanne Shaw Taylor
Performer Loudon Wainwright III
Performer The Pretenders
Performer Samm Henshaw
Performer Ray BLK
Performer Empire of the Sun
Performer Simon Kirke
Performer Mick Ralphs
Performer Paul Rodgers


  • Tue 11 Oct 2016 22:00
  • Tue 11 Oct 2016 23:45

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