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Rob’s Roundup

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Welcome to Rob’s Round-Up!

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and welcome to my new blog where I can chat to you about what’s going on in the NUTsWORLD. Our summer events are coming thick and fast now, below I talk about some of the highlights to look out for and click on the links for the full programs.

The new issue of NUTSMAG with over a dozen great articles from our writing team includes Interviews with Betty Harris, Powder and The Excitements plus a number of scene DJ’s.

Out now for your listening pleasure is the new NUTSCAST with tracks from artists and DJ’s performing at Brighton and Euro YeYe and some of the latest record releases from current artists.

We got some great gigs and club nights coming up in the Capitol over the summer.

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Euro YeYe – 31 July – 2 August 2015

After the Oasis closed to become a McDonalds drive through (sacrilege), we have two amazing new venues in the City Centre for our favourite event of the year. If you have never been you still have a few weeks to join us for a wild weekend in Spain, you won’t regret it! For full info: Click Here! & Promo video here!

Brighton Mod Weekender – 28-30 August 2015

We have just 20 tickets left for Sunday and 50 for the Friday night at the Komedia now. Tickets for Venue 2 and 3 on Saturday night are selling fast and will get you into the Komedia allnighter after 3am. The full program including DJ’s and bands +  ticket info is here:
This video will give you a good idea of what to expect in Brighton.

Brighton ‘fuzz-for-freaks’ Weekender – 29 + 30 August 2015

After the success of last year we have planned another weekender for those of the Paisley persuasion featuring an exciting line-up of the best new up and coming live bands. On Sunday Les Grys Grys and Saturday the Magnetic Mind and The Carnations. Our disc jockeys will be playing the wildest Freakbeat, Garage and Psych 45’s in our intimate groovy cellar club just off Brighton seafront, think Mousetrap by the seaside and you got the picture. Check out our short promo video here! Program & tickets are here!

Crossfire Sat 10 October 2015

Get ready for another big night out of pure vintage underground partying. Our 1000 capacity venue in the heart of central London has three rooms of action with an all night bar. A stellar DJ line-up plus FOGBOUND, CAT BLACK and THE BEATNIKS live in the Beat Room.
Full info here!

Small Faces Convention – Sat 12 September 2015

The 19th annual Small Faces Convention takes place at 229, Central London. Small World, The Universal, The 45’s and The Electric Stars confirmed + special guests, memorabilia market and a Ronnie Lane Exhibition. Tickets are £22 from HERE! (No Booking Fee!)

New Untouchables Club & Gig Scene


We have a lot of great gigs coming up at the Blues Kitchen, Camden in July. This Thursday NUTSMAG review continues with Cat Black, French Boutik and The Mocking Birds live for FREE. On 23 July we are delighted to announce a NUTsMAG special with the first ever performance from America’s answer to the Who, POWDER. Arrive early it’s FREE to get in and will be a busy one, you can read Graham Lentz fab interview with Richard Martin HERE. Friday 24 July is ZOO ZOO with one of my favourite bands from the early naughties the Phrogs for what will be a double-header with the evergreen Big Boss Man, arrive early folks. I’ll be spinning some discs along with a special guest until 3am.

Sat 18 July more MAXIMUM R&B this time at The Phoenix in Oxford Circus, expect Freakbeat, Pop-Art, R&B and boss Garage 45’s in our fab basement venue with a great selection of cocktails and craft beers and a huge wooden dancefloor with brilliant sound system.

August is quiet on the club front except two shows at the Blues Kitchen on the Friday 28 August. Gemma & the Travellers play Shoreditch Got Soul and Les Grys Grys play two sets at Zoo Zoo, Blues Kitchen Camden.

Mousetrap returns September with two stellar DJ line-ups. R&B allnighter returns on 12 September with guest DJ’s Cousin Benson (A Band A Parte), Jamie Parr (Teen Scene) and Lewis Mumford (Dandy Bloom) joining me and Chris Dale. The following Saturday Fabrice De Feo of UBU Popland records in Paris, Rhys Webb of Horrors fame and Carolina join me for ‘Fuzz For Freaks’ sessions.

The line-up’s for NUTsMAG, ZOO ZOO and TIMEBOX in September is yet to be confirmed.


The new issue of NUTSMAG is out and includes Interviews with Betty Harris, Powder and The Excitements and DJ’s Mary Boogaloo, Gary Wall, Simon Bridger, Craig ‘Swifty’ Simpson, Paul Molloy and Scott Fraser Simpson. Other articles include part 2 James Thomas excellent new series ‘Jazz for Modernists’. James Clark collectors corner is the UK Atlantic Soul record releases. Enjoy Pete Feeley and Claire Mahoney simply brilliant articles on style and fashion and Graham Lentz reviews the latest record and books worth a punt on.

Some great reviews and airplay recently, grab a copy on vinyl or CD while stock lasts. The other new release this year was the Mousetrap 24th anniversary 45 both available in the NUTSTORE along with Mousetrap 45’s, Le Beat Bespoke and Modstock Vinyl & CDs, The Action DVD and I’m One-21st Century Mod’s Book, Pins and T-Shirts.


Out Now! Modstock LP and Le Beat Bepsoke 6 Vinyl & CD via the Nutstore!

RnB Records

I just added a lot of new 45’s to the website and offer 10% discount on any order over £50. Rare 45s and LPs! Clubs Sounds (RnB, Soul Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo, Blues and Funk) Freakbeat/ Garage/ Psych/ Rock/ Blue Eyed Soul, Northern Soul/ Mod Revival & Punk. Go to: RnB Records here!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: for rare vintage vinyl.

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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 7

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

NUTscast June 2015

In this edition of Nutscast Sessions, our host The Baron is joined in the studio by those wonderful purveyors of soul, Gemma and The Travellers. We also have updates of forthcoming events including an exclusive look ahead to Euro YeYe and Beat legends Powder at the Blues Kitchen in July.

With an exclusive track from the Sha La La’s plus Hypnotic Eye, Marvin Gaye, The Carnations, Les Grys Grys, Betty Harris and The Drifters, this is another show not to be missed.

Graham Lentz

AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Betty Harris Interview by Alberto Valle

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Masters2

We tend to forget that so many artists we do love nowadays were just performers aiming at doing a good living out of their talent. This is also the case of Betty Harris. She could’ve been the ultimate Soul queen of New Orleans but she left as she didn’t just earn enough money. It is interesting to think about it nowadays, when the current European cultural structures & industry are bringing to a situation of middle class people doing music just for hobby, and many real serious musicians giving up on their talent when they see the low consideration their hard work is going to report to them.

As you’ll read in Betty’s interview, it was a matter of some very hard work, talent and, naturally, ambition. And perhaps there lies the answer on why today it is so hard to find talented musicians able to take comparisons with these previous iconic generations.

I was forgetting about another matter, the luck. Betty wasn’t lucky enough to keep on resisting on the business during the (soulfully) exciting 70s decade.

But luckily she came back to the show business 10 years ago, and this summer she’ll be performing her classy & classic 60s repertoire @ Gijón Euroyeyé.

01. You’ve spent your childhood between Orlando and Alabama, where you started to sing at the church with your parents. What are your memories of that time? How did you interact with music? Was it only the church or you were listening to non-religious R&B as well?

I was lead singer for our youth choir. As a teenager, I heard other music but I was not allowed to sing it at home. I loved music, I was in our high school band and choir. Plus My Father was a Musician, so you get an idea of my level of interaction with music.

02. At 18 you decide to start an R&B singing career, which created some trouble with your parents. How did you get to an understanding? What brought you to this decision?

Well, my parents did not want me to sing R&B so I did not in their home, so there really was no trouble. In their home I respected their wishes. When I left home it then became my chose. There was no money in Gospel music, so the choice was easy.

03. Then you move to California and meet Savoy R&B Superstar Big Maybelle, who is some kind of your godmother during those early days. What are your memories of that particular time?

Not exactly. I left home and I went to Long Island, New York, where I met The Hearts managed by Zell Sanders who took me back home. With Zell I found out I could not sing in a group. I knew then that I was a lead singer. I came back to NYC armed with the fact that I needed to talk to someone who had vocals like mine. And then I met Big Maybelle after listening to her all day at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. I went on a two-week tour with her and left her in Chicago. I worked in Chicago for about 6 months and went back to Los Angeles, California.

04. At that time you also met Marvin“Babe”Chivian, the man that discovered Solomon Burke (as Mr. Burke –may he RIP- once told me) and also the guy who suggested you to move to the East Coast, particularly to NYC, to meet Bert Berns. How did it go exactly?

It was in Los Angeles that I met Babe Chivian. He told me if I came back to Philadelphia he would make me a star. So I moved to Philly, I went to all kind of shows:  Tammi Terrell, Solomon Burke and myself were managed by Babe. After about a year I went back to New York to meet Bert Berns.

05. Then you recorded a Mr. Burke’s slowed version of “Cry to Me” with Berns in ’63?

When I met Berns, I sang “Cry to me” for him my way, slow and soulful because the lyric were awesome.

06. And then “His Kiss” in ‘64, and success finally came. But then you decided to go to New Orleans and leave Berns and Jubilee records to switch to Sansu. How did you come to take this decision?

I was in this business to make money, and at that point I had received none. I did not like traveling every day. Oh, at first it was fun, but that got old without money!

07. You start working with Allen Toussaint who I think he can be named as the New Orleans’ Soul Godfather. Please, tell me how he was. How it was to work with him.

After the first session with Allen all tracks were laid and I only had to come in and do my part. Allen was a very creative and highly gifted musician. I met all the musicians on the first session, but I only worked with Allen after that.

08. You then reached national success with “Nearer to you”. What were for you the most significant moments when you reached that top success? Any particular gigs, interviews…?

Well, a three-month tour with Otis Redding, four trips to the Apollo and working the Theater Circuit in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, New Orleans and Baltimore, Maryland.

09. You recorded a duet with Lee Dorsey and became the first lady of New Orleans Soul. You also recorded “Mean Man” with the Meters! Which are your memories of the NOLA music scene? Which were your fave artists back then?

My fave by then was James Carr. And as for The Meters, they were the backing band on all of the songs on Sansu, but they weren’t known as the Meters at that point. I also remember Carla Thomas singing background on some of them. Anyway, twenty songs were recorded in New Orleans for Sansu Records which I now own, since Sansu never paid me.

10. Not even Sansu?

Not even them. I have been in Court since 2005 and won. Now I can Lease all twenty of my songs, plus the eight songs I recorded for Bert Berns. Now I get paid royalties for up to twenty-eight songs!

This link here describes some of what I have been dealing with, but I cannot talk more about it while we are still in litigation.

11. At the end of 1967 and the beginning of 1968 you were supposed to tour with Otis Redding, who tragically passed away on Dec. the 10th 1967. Please, tell a bit more about how this opportunity of touring popped out?

Otis Redding was like a brother to me. Back then we had booking agents who would book you on tours. Otis was one of the nicest people I ever worked with. It was fall in 1967. It was his tour, and they had just signed me in Macon, Georgia. I met Otis at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He said something like “Welcome” because I had just been hired. He was really sociable, but Otis didn’t really communicate that much.

And he really was into cars. In the duet with Carla Thomas, where Otis says “I got five Lincolns, seven Cadillacs and three Fords” (or whatever the number was), he really did have that many cars.

At that moment I needed to buy a car, and Otis helped me with the down payment. A ‘64 Sedan Deville, brand new off the showroom floor. Pop Walden ran the business, and he told me to go down to the Cadillac dealer “and tell him I’ve sent you”. They delivered my license plates to Columbus, Georgia.

12. By 1970, you go back to your roots, leave music industry, and start singing at the church. Why did you take this decision?

I got out of the music business because I was not getting paid. Music Business was filled with snakes like A&R man, songwriter, music publisher Marshall Sehorn.

So when I stopped singing it was because I was not getting paid. And I stopped singing even in church. I got married, had a normal life and a Daughter. Watched her graduate from college and needed something else to do.

Then, in 2005 Christina Aguilera covered “Nearer to you” on her album “Back to basics” on Sony. And finally, after fighting in court 8 years, I got paid for it and today I still get paid for my music. I own it.

Now I give back, I teach and I love it. My music has stood the test of time and my fans young and old love it.

13. In 2005 you come back and start gigging in the US as well as in Europe at major events such as Porretta Soul Festival (IT) in 2007, or Euroyeyé (SP) this summer. Again, why?

I can enjoy my music now, without the need of building up a career on it.

As far as travel I’ve been to France two times Switzerland, Italy, Australia, four times Barcelona and Madrid. And I have covered the USA state by state.

14. After the intent of recording with Chris Stovall Brown, are you recording new stuff any soon? If so, are there any names/record labels that can be mentioned?

We are now working on some new material, and will  release it on our own label.

Originally published by Alberto Valle for La Ruta Magazine © many thanks to them!


I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: for rare vintage vinyl.

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