Michele Stodart of the Magic Numbers has released a single from her forthcoming solo album ‘Pieces‘. ‘Ain’t No Woman’ is Michele’s take on those classic country songs like ‘Stand by your Man’ or Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’. But it takes the opposite point of view, explains Michele. “It’s a song about someone who’s finally standing up for herself and putting her foot down. There’s a strength and determination in it, a self-respect that the character is almost taunting her lover with: “Oh honey, there’s no other woman like yours”.
Released four years after her solo debut ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, the nine songs that comprise ‘Pieces’ confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele has turned into an artist whose work bears strong comparison to some of the touchstone songwriters that helped shape her outlook.
“There was never a plan to start making solo records,” says Michele. “But then something happens. The songs you’ve been writing just for yourself, whilst playing in a completely different band, take on a life of their own. Before you know it, you’re walking onto a stage where there’s just one mic stand, one monitor and no drums. And you’ve no clear recollection of what got you there!”
Michele is out playing shows in July, August & September :
Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival 2016
Jul 07 The Islington London
Jul 08 Eagle Inn Salford
Aug 28 The Spa Hotel Saltburn By The Sea
Aug 31 Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Sep 01 FAT LILS Witney
Sep 09 The Studio Hartlepool
Sep 10 Cluny 2 Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sep 11 The Greystones Sheffield,
Sep 12 The Hug and Pint Glasgow
Sep 13 Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh