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Watch: Welsh Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones opens up about death of band-mate Stuart Cable in new podcast

11 Apr 2023 4 minute read
Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics. Photo Suzan Moore PA Images

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has opened up about the impact of the death of former bandmate and best friend, Stuart Cable in a new podcast released today.

In the podcast from the charity Help Musicians, the lead singer also speaks about his new band Far From Saints, who will release their debut album later this year and mark a new musical direction for Jones.

Kelly spoke to host and founding member of the band Squeeze, Chris Difford in the first episode in which he refers to Stuart – the former drummer in the Stereophonics who sadly passed away in 2010 – as being “like a big brother”.

He added that he dreams of his friend, who he’d known since the age of 12, “at least five times a week”.

Looking forward, Kelly talks in detail about the process of starting his new band – Far From Saints – for which he has teamed up with American songstress and mental health advocate Patty Lynn and drummer Dwight Baker from The Wind and the Waves.

Reflecting on the new direction the band has taken, Kelly described their sound as having an “Americana country vibe”, adding “I’ve always wanted to make a Nashville-type record. I was brought up with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the Eagles. So it’s always been in my DNA.”

Kelly also talks about the benefits of collaborating on songs with Patty – describing the process as “like therapy – but cheaper”.

He said: “I think we were being very open with each other…we didn’t necessarily know what each other’s parts of the story are about, but there’s a sentiment and feeling that is underlying and it’s about joining the dots.”

“Guilty”

Kelly is best-known for his band Stereophonics who have an astonishing eight UK Official Album Chart Number 1s to their name, including their breakthrough album Performance and Cocktails in 1999.

When asked how the band feel about his new project, Kelly said: “I’ve got a great relationship with the boys in the band. But it’s good to have that freedom.

“I think sometimes I feel quite guilty, you know, doing things outside of the band that I’m in and think ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ But you learn things from being on your own stage that you can take back to the band.”

Kelly reveals that one of the difficulties of being a musician is that there are few people who truly understand what it is like.

He said: “You start experiencing a lot more things, there’s a lot more people around you, but there’s a lot fewer people you can call to talk about it, because you’re experiencing a lot more in life than they’ve been through. You don’t really want to burden people with it, and it’s a strange no man’s land.”

The podcast series from Help Musicians is presented by the charity’s ambassador, Chris Difford, and has previously featured many big names, from legendary artists like Sting, Robbie Williams, Nile Rodgers and Midge Ure through to contemporary superstars like Blossoms and Yungblud.

Upcoming guests in the third series include Joan Armatrading, Skin and KT Tunstall.

Help Musicians offers a wide range of support including a mental health charity, Music Minds Matter, for everyone in the industry.

Music Minds Matter’s helpline is available 24/7 to anyone who works in music and has seen a 200% increase in calls in the past two years alone.

Musicians and those working in the music industry can call the helpline for free to speak to an accredited counsellor who can offer emotional support, advice and information.

The full podcast episode is available to listen to at all the major podcast providers now, with further episodes being released weekly.

Chris Difford, Help Musicians ambassador, founding member and songwriter of Squeeze, said: “I’m so happy to be releasing series 3 of my Podcast I Never Thought it Would Happen with Help Musicians.

“It’s a complete joy to work with this benevolent charity who give so much to musicians around the country. They listen and love.

“Mental health is a big issue for us all as musicians, it’s a daily reprieve for me to stay in the light, and to see who the charity works with, people like me, is inspiring to say the least.

“The value of music is incredible, it’s a tonic and a language that knows no borders, It soothes and places people in the here and now. In this new series I try to open up the discussion on mental health and how it captures our moods and musicians.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago

Kelly, I lost my best mate during Covid, he was a bit older and a lot wiser than me. I miss his advice, his common sense and his rock solid friendship forged over 40 years. Every scrape and adventure, the daft things and the triumphs, putting one’s life in each others hands. Just don’t forget is all…

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