SO after a few years of gigging regularly, working hard and generally buggering about. i’ve finally got round to writing and recording a new album releasing November 2022. the album consists of 12 originals. some a few years old and a few new brand new songs.
The album is titled ” Gloryland” and the title song is a little look at our beautiful and troubled country. both sides the good and the bad, the theme carries through the album with the song ” Wheels” where we find ourselves in a tower block and a never ending cycle of teenage pregnancy and broken dreams. ….. a bitter sweet kitchen sink drama…. “The way we used to be” takes us back to my younger years in the Surrey delta… the queens silver jubilee …. top of the pops. water fights “its a knock out ” the sex pistols,, and Elton John……… “Record of the week” tells the story of a one hit wonder who could of been someone. and “These old hands” is a brutal look at the establishments treatment and disregard for the ordinary expendables. my family… my people.
Johnny hank and Roy is a sort’a christmas carol esque fiddle driven run through the story of a heartbroken guy looking for redemption and salvation in the music he so loves…. he finds it. but not where you might think… great fun. Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristoffreson pop up on this one with whole host of legends offering words of advise and sincere encouragement……”Love and a gun” is a rocking tale of a desperate couple who come unstuck in a big way………” whisky hope and heartbreak” is a bit close too home,,,,,,,2AM …. empty bottle time and some torturous memories of what you let slip..
‘New Dublin Express” is an irish song about a big blue bus………a weekend break and a marriage proposal by someone who probably should know better. …… “Second Chances” and ” Backs to the wall” are cousins, and do what they say on the tin. Guitar driven and rocking..
“The Artful Dodger” is my song for old mucker Dazza. .. Ian Hunter nick named him that….. the great Darrell Bath who we lost in September 2021…. he’s always with us….. we miss him.
The new album was recorded at my old pal ” smiley’s” studio in the Hampshire countryside…. and with Smiley on production, drums, keys backing vocals and tea making duties…. together with my long term right hand man NIGE on Bass we created what i believe is a fantastic album.. the great James Stevenson made the long journey beyond the M25 to play some killer guitar and along with multi talented Matt Hay on violin and a few guest appearances from some very special friends we pretty much nailed it……
it’ss be available intially via Ebay if anyone would like a copy…. just search it’ll come up..( hopefully)
JOHNNY, HANK AND ROY
THE NEW DUBLIN EXPRESS
RECORD OF THE WEEK
BACKS TO THE WALL
WHISKY HOPE AND HEARTBREAK
THE ARTFUL DODGER
THE WAY WE USED TO BE
LOVE AND A GUN
THESE OLD HANDS
BONUS TRACK…….SECOND CHANCES