The troubadour who brought blues-rock back.
On August 26th earlier this year, Lookman Adekunle Salami released his debut album, under his stage name L.A. Salami, entitled Dancing with Bad Grammar on the London based Sunday Best Recordings music label. The latest video released is for the song 'Going Mad As The Street Bins'.
The singer/songwriter from London was adopted when he was two months old and raised on the British south coast. He spent most of his teens and early twenties moving around without spending more than couple of months in the same place. He fell into music after hearing Bob Dylan on the radio and inspired him to write his own material, but he would have to wait for his 21st birthday before owning his own instrument which was a guitar. After writing his first songs and performing gigs whenever he could, he started to get some attention and landed the opening act for Lianne La Havas' 2012 tour. With the positive response received from the public to his live performances, the artist landed his first record deal with Camouflage Recordings and recorded his first EP in 2013 entitled Another Shade of Blue. In 2014, his second EP The Prelude followed and he spent the following year recording his first solo effort.
Dancing With Bad Grammar is a postmodern blues-rock record having 14 tracks, 15 taking into account the acoustic hidden track, and spanning over an hour and fourteen minutes. The artist is a phenomenal storyteller and manages to provoke an avalanche of emotions with the only help of his voice and his heartrending guitar riffs. When listening to Dancing With Bad Grammar, you can hear the musical influences from the likes of Neil Young, Elliott Smith and Joni Mitchell which are impeccably coupled with his dense prose which is reminiscent of Alex Turner's wit, Conor Oberst's delicacy and Courtney Barnett's humorous observations. The album is a poignant work of art which is at times soft and subtle and at times more energetic through which the artist expresses his thoughts, observations and philosophizes about life and society.