Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick recently announced the release of not one but TWO new solo albums next year. When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues) and the beautifully acoustic Hearts On Trees will be released as a double CD on 26th February 2016 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. To give fans a taster of the album before Christmas, Ricky has released the first track from the electric album, When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues).
Listen to “The Road To Damascus Street” over on YouTube, or scroll down the page.
Ricky commented on the track:
Belfast has always been the heart and soul of my creative center. The longing for home is a constant for a touring musician and Sam’s lyrics inspired me to write the music. I am delighted to finally be releasing this song.
The artwork for the double albums reflect the tone of each – ‘When Patsy Cline Was Crazy…’ showcases the electric rock and roll side of Ricky, whilst ‘Hearts On Trees’ veers more towards tender stripped-back songwriting, influenced by both Americana and, more importantly, Ricky’s Northern Irish roots.
Hearts On Trees and When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues) were written by myself and my good friend Sam Robinson, both albums depict our experiences of growing up and coming from the Greater East Belfast area, not only experiences that have happened to us but historical references and stories that have been told to us by friends and family…in saying that both albums translate those experiences on to a global scale that hopefully anyone geographically can relate to.
The release boasts an array of acclaimed musicians with guests such as; Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders), Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Nathan Connolly (Snow Patrol), Ginger Wildheart, Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), Richard Fortus (Guns ‘N’ Roses/The Dead Daisies) and Mark Thwaite (The Mission, Peter Murphy).
The album is currently available to pre-order on a number of formats:
Ricky Warwick: official