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Liam Bailey - Definitely NOW / Huffington Post review

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The distance from Nottingham, England to New York City's Central Park is roughly 3,383 miles. As with many UK born artists, the time zones and ocean divide hasn't prevented singer-songwriter Liam Bailey from making himself at home within the American convention of blues and rock and roll. The opening salvo of his debut album,Definitely Now, fired as if beats from Led Zeppelin's canon, assures that this new voice carries the type of promise most listeners overlooked when Lenny Kravitz was still calling himself?Romeo Blue. Last Sunday, Mr. Bailey brought a bounty of charisma, his mighty band, and most thankfully, his acoustic guitar to the vauntedSummerStage in Central Park, introducing himself to a few thousand New Yorkers - only some of whom knew what they were getting themselves into. Those lucky few would have been able to give ample warning to the unaware; the otherwise sedate afternoon of folksy Americana would be brashly interrupted by ballsy rock and roll - and that's when things started getting good.

It would be completely inaccurate to suggest that Bailey is an industry newcomer, and his comfort on stage would belie that idea. Having been part of at least two folk collectives, touring the world with dance music production duo, Chase & Status, on the strength of their hit single,?Blind Faith, his eventful, years-long journey has taught him much. He was a friend and contemporary to the late Amy Winehouse, releasing two solo EPs through her imprint,?Lioness Records, as well as having been mentored by his then and now producer, Salaam Remi. Staying close to his well proven formula, the alchemist/producer Remi has helped guide Bailey's latest project toward the artist's prodigious strengths, while employing multiple musical genres and modes.