Live Concert Photography: Million Miles at Rockwood Music Hall 11/1/18
Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past 12-18 months of its eight-plus year history, you’ve come across a handful of posts about the Paris-born, London-based singer/songwriter Sophie Baudry, whose solo recording project Million Miles is the culmination of a life-long love affair with soul music.
After completing her studies at Berklee College and a stint as a recording engineer and studio musician in New York, Baudry returned home to London, where she felt an irresistible pull to write and record her own original music, largely inspired by Ray Charles and Bill Withers. On a whim, Baudry took a trip to Nashville, where she spent her first few days wandering, exploring and reaching out to strangers, as though she were saying “I ’m new here. I’m a songwriter and I’m looking for like-minded people to collaborate with.” While in Nashville, the French-born, British-based singer/songwriter wound up having chance meetings with two local songwriters and producers Robin Eaton and Paul Eberson and within about an hour or so of their meeting, they began writing the material that eventually became Baudry’s Million Miles’ debut EP Berry Hill, which was recorded over the course of a year during multiple sessions at Robin Eaton’s home studio in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville. And from EP singles “Can’t Get Around A Broken Heart” and “Love Like Yours,” Baudry quickly received attention across the blogosphere, as well as this site, for an easy-going yet deliberately crafted, Sunday afternoon, Soul Train-like soul that nodded equally at the aforementioned Bill Withers and Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.
Baudry’s sophomore EP Good Luck, Honey was officially released today and from EP singles “Honey,” and “Just Dumb Luck,” the EP reveals an artist, who has become increasingly self-assured in her songwriting and approach, but while maintaining a lived-in emotional honesty that’s rare for contemporary pop; but the material also finds the French-born, British-based singer/songwriter’s sound taking on a much more rootsy take on soul that Sandra Rhodes’ Where’s Your Love Been and Bonnie Raitt.
The JOVM mainstay played an intimate set at Rockwood Music Hall last night, and the set featured EP singles “Honey” and “Just Dumb Luck” as well as unreleased material from the EP and singles I’ve written about in the past. Check out photos from the show below.