Billy Bragg has a new album and visits Exeter's Great Hall in December
BILLY Bragg will release his first album in five years on Monday. To accompany Tooth & Nail, the singer will set out on a UK tour which stops off at Exeter's Great Hall on Thursday, December 5.
Drawing on personal rather than political themes, Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose production credits include Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello and Hugh Laurie) in his South Pasadena basement studio.
With Joe taking Billy out of his comfort zone (all vocals were recorded live without retakes or overdubs), the album features an accomplished crew of musicians.
The spontaneous results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998's Mermaid Avenue sessions, drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.
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In his own words: "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result."
Bragg recently delivered the 2012 John Peel Lecture and won the Roots Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
Catch Billy Bragg at Exeter Great Hall on Thursday, December 5, 7.30pm.
Box office: 01392 667080 or visit www.exeterboxoffice.com