Live Video: Cody ChesnuTT at CMJ

photo by Lauren Slusher

Sure to be one of KEXP DJs’ and listeners’ favorite albums of the year, Landing on a Hundred comes ten years after Cody ChesnuTT‘s critically acclaimed debut, The Headphone Masterpiece. For ChesnuTT, a lifetime of experiences, full of ups and downs, occurred within that decade, but now he’s back. While blending elements of Afrobeat, gospel, jazz and soul, the new songs, candid and personal, reflect a personal life pulled back together. Unlike its predecessor, Landing on a Hundred was recorded with a ten-piece band in the story-filled Memphis-based Royal Studios, where Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, and others recorded many hits. Even though he couldn’t bring the full group to NYC during his performances at the CMJ Music Marathon this year, Cody ChesnuTT alone on stage during KEXP’s broadcast at CMJ Union, was vibrant, endearing and intimately engaging. Even before tape started rolling, he greeted the attending photographers, bloggers, reviewers and fans, asking them how they were doing, concerned that even while working they were having a good time. His session was full of lessons from the heart, never preachy but sprung from a place of passion and experience, and more than once he drew the audience in to physically become part of the performance. It was a magical moment, one of many we hope that Cody ChesnuTT will be sharing with fans all around the country, but for now, you can watch the full performance here:

Watch the full performance:

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