English musician Ray Davies, previously known for being singer songwriter for The Kinks which he led with younger brother Dave. Going it alone, Ray Davies is set to release his first new album in over nine years on April 21st by the name of Americana which was produced via Legacy Recordings.
The 15 track collection of originals is a masterful return for one of the most acclaimed and iconic songwriters of the past 50 years and follows his 2013 memoir of the same name.
To accompany his tracks, Davies recruited alternative country rock band The Jayhawks as backing band. The album was recorded in London at Konk, the studio founded by his previous band The Kinks in 1973.
Highlight of the album “Poetry” is streaming now via NPR Music and can be listened to here.
Written and arranged by Davies and co-produced by Guy Massey and John Jackson, the album is an autobiographical work detailing the influential role The States have played in shaping Davies’ life.
Not only does the album feature music of the open roads such as ‘The Great Highway’ and ‘Message From The Road, A Place In Your Heart’, but it also incorporates a number of short spoken-word passages from Davies’ own memoir.
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.
At the beginning of 2017, Davies also topped Queen Elizabeth’s New Years Honours List and is soon to be receiving a knighthood for his services to the musical arts. On top of this, he’s a member of both the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame and Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, not to mention his band The Kinks were chosen for Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list.