Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick is premiering the title track to his forthcoming solo album “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues).”
Due February 26, the project is included in a 2CD package that also presents the acoustic record “Hearts On Trees.”
The singer wrote both albums alongside friend Sam Robinson.
"He handed me these lyrics and my jaw hit the floor,” explains Warwick. “They were the lyrics for the title track and that title alone just evoked so many memories for me from my childhood. The strange thing is that Sam and I grew up about a mile apart from each other and supported the same football team, we had the same working class upbringing but never met each other.
"Now here was a guy who wrote in this song about the music that his father listened to, which was the same music that my father listened to – about his father working during the week, having a flutter on the horses on a Saturday, winning money, buddies coming over, the whiskey coming out, the cards coming out and we’d get to be the DJs and get to put the records on.”
"And when you’re 10 years old,” continued the singer, “that was a big thing that you were in charge of the record player. You got to put on Sinatra, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and all these greats, and that was magical.
"Sam and I both had that when we were kids. So as soon as he handed me those lyrics I could hear the song, I could hear the music and I could hear the melody."
Warwick is joined on the double-album set by guests including bandmate Damon Johnson, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Ginger Wildheart, Andy Cairns, Billy Morrison and Stiff Little Finger Jake Burns.
The package will be released in sync with the start of a UK tour with Warwick and his band The Fighting Hearts supporting Stiff Little Fingers.
Warwick has previously issued a lyric video for “The Road To Domascus Street” from the frthoming release.
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