Rock and Roll Hall of famer, Ray Davies’ “Americana” is a marvellous chronicle of the role America’s rich history played in the singer’s life.
April 21st, 2017 marked the glorious day when all-time legend Ray Davies, from the UK rock band “The Kinks”, released his latest solo album titled “Americana”, after a long wait of almost nine years. The album features 15 tracks that showcases his musical prowess and the emotion that went into the making of this album.
“Americana” was inspired by his 2013 memoir by the same name and Ray drew much of his creative inspiration from the book itself. ‘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 journey of the musician in America. 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 played a vital role in Davies’ life.
The album was recorded in collaboration with the American rock band, “The Jayhawks”, as backing band, at Konk, the studio in London, which was founded by The Kinks in 1973.
“Americana” is a musical journey unlike any other, as Ray Davies’ transcends the emotional magnitude of each track as it cascades through the album. From the free spirited,“The Great Highway” to a more calming, “Message From The Bottle” and “Poetry”, “Americana” is the American experience relived-the Ray Davies’ style.
We recommend a neat glass of whisky and a wild hearted spirit to go with this musically wondrous album.
The last studio album release by Ray Davies was “Working Man’s Cafe” in 2008. His 2010 collaborative project ‘See My Friends,’ featuring big names such as Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Metallica and Spoon was one mammoth of a musical collab. Davies’ was recently anointed a knight’s title by Queen Elizabeth for his service to the arts.
Oh yes, we see this album going down in history encased in gold with “classic” written all over it!
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