Live Footage: Yola on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Throughout the course of the past year, I’ve written quite a bit about the Grammy Award-nominated Bristol, UK-born, London-based singer/songwriter, guitarist and JOVM mainstay Yola. The Grammy Award-nominated JOVM mainstay has led a remarkable life — the sort that I’ve long thought should be made into an inspiring biopic, like What’s Love Got To Do With It: She grew up extremely poor — and fascinated by her mother’s record collection. And by the time she turned four, she knew she wanted to be a performer. Unfortunately, she was banned from making music, until she left home. She has also overcome being in an abusive and dysfunctional relationship, stress-induced voice loss and literally walking through fire, as a result of a house fire. All of this inspired and informed her Dan Auerbach-produced full-length debut Walk Through Fire, which was released earlier this year through Easy Eye Sound.

2019 has been a breakthrough year for the Bristol-born, London-based JOVM mainstay with an incredible array of career highlights that included:

Adding to a big year, Yola made her late night national television debut last night, performing the swooning and gorgeous album single “Faraway Look” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Interestingly, over the past year, the country soul singer/songwriter has made a soulful — and just flat out amazing — cover of Elton John‘s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” one of my favorite Elton John songs, a staple of her live show. Yola performed that as well. I think the live footage will serve as a great taste of her live show.

Yola is closing out 2019 with a two night stand Nashville‘s legendary Ryman Auditorium as part of the Old Crow Medicine Show.  She’ll open 2020 with a lengthy North American tour that includes a January 8, 2019 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg.  Check out the tour dates below.



DEC 30 MON – The Ryman w/ Old Crow Medicine Show, Nashville
DEC 31 TUE – The Ryman w/ Old Crow Medicine Show, Nashville

JAN 7, 2020 TUE- The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
JAN 8, 2020 WED – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
JAN 10, 2020 FRI – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Jan 11, 2020 SAT – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA*
JAN 12, 2020 SUN – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON,
JAN 14, 2020 TUE – SPACE, Evanston, IL
JAN 15, 2020 WED, – Turf Club, St. Paul, MN,
JAN 17, 2020 FRI , – Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO,
JAN 18, 2020 SAT – Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, IN
JAN 19, 2020 SUN- A&R Music Bar, Columbus, OH,
JAN 21, 2020 TUE- Ballroom At The Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH,
JAN 22, 2020 WED – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
JAN 23, 2020 THU- Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
JAN 24, 2020 FRI – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
JAN 29 WED – Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico

FEB 7, 2020 FRI  – The Heights Theater, Houston, TX*
FEB 08, 2020, SAT – Scoot Inn, Austin, TX*
FEB 9, 2020 SUN – The Kessler Theater, Dallas, TX*
FEB 11, 2020 TUES – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
FEB 12, 2020 WED – The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
FEB 14, 2020 FRI – Pub Station, Billings, MT
FEB 15, 2020 SAT – Top Hat, Missoula, MT
FEB 16, 2020 SUN – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
FEB 18, 2020 TUE – Venue Nightclub, Vancouver, BC
FEB 19, 2020 WED – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
FEB 21, 2020 FRI – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
FEB 22, 2020 SAT – Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
FEB 23, 2020 SUN – Music Box, San Diego, CA
FEB 25, 2020 TUE – Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

Amythyst Kiah to support on all USA dates except dates indicated with *.
* Support to be announced.

MAR 14 SAT – Globe Life Field w/ Chris Stapleton, Arlington, TX, United States
MAR 29 SUN – Bluegrass Underground, Pelham, TN, United States

APR 9 THU – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia
APR 10 FRI – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia
APR 12 SUN – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia
APR 25 SAT – A Concert for Kentucky w/ Chris Stapleton, Lexington, KY, United States

JUN 6 SAT – Echoes Through The Canyon w/ Brandi Carlile, George, WA, United States