1st June | Fiddlers

Yola is as smooth as you get when it comes to a new form of country-soul. Yola beams with a series of easy-as-you-go country songs, from the well known ‘Ride Out In The Country’, to ‘Love All Night (Work All Day)’. Combined with her timeless soul singing, these two songs really bring out the sassy day-to-day stories of life and love (in some cases broken-hearted love.) There’s a straight-up 1970s vibe to Yola’s sound here.

With her EP, Orphan Offering, we got to know Yola or, known as Yola Carter. It’s hard to ignore her background completely. Born and raised in Bristol, her family was from a impoverished background and she wasn’t really allowed to listen to music. She moved from Bristol to London and worked on her musical career from there. 

Her increasingly significant presence in today’s music scene is really apparent through her long line of working with other artists – such as Massive Attack and opening for artists such as James Brown. And with her debut album, Walk Through Fire produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, through his Nashville, Tennessee-based record label Easy Eye Sound, I expect there will be a lot more smoothness to come.

See the video for ‘Faraway Look’ here: