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Sunday 26 February 2017

Americana: Ray Davies Returns With The Soundtrack To His Must Have Memoir

This spring, Ray Davies will release his first new album in over nine years – Americana. 

The fifteen-track collection of originals serves as a master-crafted return for one of the most acclaimed and iconic songwriters of the past fifty years, and follows Davies' 2013 memoir of the same name, using the book as both source material and creative catalyst.  

Davies enlisted The Jayhawks as backing band, and recorded the album in London at Konk, the studio founded by The Kinks in 1973. 

The singer shared Poetry the first taste of Americana.. It's a crunchy power-pop tune, full of jangly guitar leads and pretty backing vocals, concerned with the material obsessions of the modern world. 

"I kneel down and say grace for the comforts the world bestows on me/ And the great corporations providing our every need," Davies sings. 

"But at least one of his needs remains unsatisfied. "Where is the poetry?" he wonders. 


Americana was written, conceived, and arranged, by Davies, and co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson.  

The album is an autobiographical work, chronicling the inextricable role America has played in Davies" life.  

From his earliest days touring the U.S. with the Kinks and subsequent blacklisting by the American Musicians Union, to his years playing stadiums and eventually staying in New York and New Orleans for a time, America has served as both muse and tempest to Davies. 

The songs on Americana dig into the rich American musical tapestry, through the lens of Davies' own wholly unique American experience. 

The music swerves from the open-road manifesto of The Great Highway, to a delicate duet with The Jayhawks' Karan Grotberg on Message From The Road, A Place In Your Heart, to Poetry, which offers a vital reminder of Davies' ability to spin small detail into penetrating truth.   

The album also features a number of short spoken-word passages from Davies' memoir. 
A second volume of Americana will be released later in 2017.

Ray Davies' 'Americana' will be released on 21st April 2017. CLICK HERE to pre-order..
 
Americana tracklisting:

1. Americana
2. The Deal
3. Poetry
4. Message From The Road
5. A Place In Your Heart
6. The Mystery Room
7. Silent Movie
8. Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys
9. Change For Change
10. The Man Upstairs
11. I"ve Heard That Beat Before
12. A Long Drive Home To Tarzana
13. The Great Highway
14. The Invaders
15. Wings Of Fantasy

by: Mike Cobley




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