We here at Donewaiting realize you have many options when considering what neo-soul acts to listen to, so we thank you in advance for your loyal patronage of Nick Tolford, who trumps them all.
I should also mention that this song is a Kool Blues cover; you can find the original on the very first Numero Group release, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label. It’s fantastic.
Video recorded last Thursday by Reece Thompson at Brett Ruland’s downtown vinyl shop Spoonful Records.
Here’s an intimate video of Nick Tolford at a piano, sans Company, crooning an unreleased ballad called “Cancel Your Plans.” (“Cancel your plans and go lay out a blanket, and I’ll get a bottle of wine / We’ll spend our days as the sun fades away, holding hands it’ll be just so fine.”) Recorded live at Columbus’s Oranjudio studio, with video production by Ginger Attack.
And don’t forget that new Nick Tolford & Co. free covers EP, featuring “You Don’t Know Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Stand By Me,” recorded at O’Shaughnessy Funeral Home back in 2010.
MP3: End of the Night
Nick Tolford and Company are like Columbus’s version of The Commitments. A bunch of young, (mostly) white people bringing rockified soul music to the people. Except Tolford & Co. write their own tunes that rival stuff sung by mostly dead Motown guys. This Saturday at Carabar the band will release their much anticipated debut, Extraordinary Love. Tolford was kind enough to give me a little window into his world — a world of Ray Charles, The Misfits, Booker T, MF Gnar and “Bed Intruder.”
Back when you were playing in the Slide Machine, did you always have the idea for this band in the back of your head? Did you think you could pull it off?
I don’t know if I thought I could “pull it off,” but I always did solo stuff on the side of whatever band I was in at the time. I feel like the ball really got rolling once I got a band together and got more than just my input on the songs.
Were you surprised when friends and even strangers started rallying around you and even asking if they could join your band?
I was definitely surprised at the reaction I got from the demo songs. I wasn’t really expecting people to take notice at all.
Did you grow up listening to guys like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding?
My father always used to play old Motown and Stax stuff and I have always been most interested in vocal melody in songs. People like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, among many others, really know how it works. Soul isn’t all I listened to though. When I was 11 I heard the Misfits for the first time and that had a pretty huge influence on me. During my junior high and high school years, skateboarding and everything on Fat Wreck Chords carried me through.
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Tagged Barry and the Eastenders, Bed Intruder, Booker T, Ex-whites, Extraordinary Love, Holiday Mary, MF Gnar, Motown, Nick Tolford and Company, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Stax, The Compressions, The Misfits, Way Yes
Booker T. Jones, Nick Tolford & Company
Lincoln Theatre I Columbus, OH
May 1, 2010
(Also see Andrew Patton’s review)
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Pictured: Nick Tolford and Company@GenWex presents: Off the Grid
Perhaps I’ve said it before (no way I’m trudging through those old posts) and If I haven’t, I’m saying it now. I’m a bringer togetherer, make it happennerer and a motherfucking idea factory. Basically what I’m saying is let’s all be cool, hang out and high five-you know? Life’s too short to not be a cool motherfucker!
In this blogisode, I pretty much ran myself ragged but I had a fuuuucking blast. Mouth of the Architect slayed, I somehow found time to check out a couple CD101 day Big Room performances, GenWex presents put on a killer benefit called Off the Grid with a bunch of awesome food and good looking people, Nick Tolford and Company made the crowd wet (myself included), The Hood Internet rocked the joint hard, I managed to catch a couple Brainbow songs at Carabar, did shots with Ron and jammed to some Team Tim Trivia (y’all gotta get on this).
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Tagged Anna and the Annadroids, Biffy Clyro, CD101, Dan Black, GenWex presents, Kirk Kline, Mike O, Mockingbird, Mouth of the Architect, Nick Tolford and Company, Off the Grid, Rachael Barbash, Red Sun, Team Tim, The Hood Internet, wexner center