Sitting in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon November 9
Featured On NPR’s Music Fall Preview
Cody ChesnuTT Tour Dates
09/27: Miami, FL @ Ricochet
09/29: Denver, CO @ Blacktop Festival
10/16: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (with Meshell Ndegeocello)
…more to come
With the release of 60s soul revivalist Cody ChesnuTT‘s album, Landing On A Hundred, fast approaching (October 30th), Cody ChesnuTT shares “Til I Met Thee” with NPR’s Fall Preview. Sneak a listen to the new track HERE and to check out All Thing’s Considered’s battle over which critic got to cover him. This album will be the first full length that Cody ChesnuTT releases since his genre-bending album, The Headphone Masterpiece 10 years ago.
Catch Cody ChesnuTT’s electrifying live show this month as he performs tonight at Ricochet in Miami, Florida and on Saturday, September 29th at Blacktop Festival in Denver, Colorado. Cody will also be joining revered Meshell Ndegeocello at Highline Ballroom in New York City, October 16th. Check out Cody ChesnuTT on Meshell Ndegeocello’s new track, “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” and download the track HERE. On November 9th, Cody will additionally bring his high engergy performance to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s stage as he sits in with the Roots.
Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles – he’s all of that, but wiser now while still wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar. The Atlanta native has always stood his own creative ground ever since he first holed himself up in his bedroom to record The Headphone Masterpiece, armed with his DIY musical arsenal: a drum machine, an array of instruments, a dusty four-track cassette recorder and a giant pair of headphones to block out the world. The result was an unvarnished collection of songs – 36 in total, which alchemized his love of a multitude of styles: classic rock, rhythm and blues, pop, punk and gospel music.
Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have — he recorded it with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The downhome acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Topics on Landing On A Hundred cover lots of grown-folks business: a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, the power and labor of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection. Keeping it truthful is ultimately what matters most in Cody’s songs: how it reveals itself in your darkest thoughts, how it can heal old wounds with a handclap and a foot stomp. Truthfulness emanates from Cody’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his , strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.