New album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ is set for release on October 8th 2021
Billy Bragg’s new single “Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained” is released today Friday August 6th on the Cooking Vinyl label. Saving the best ‘til last, ‘Ten Mysterious Photos…’ is the final track on Billy’s recently announced tenth studio album The Million Things That Never Happened, and is co-written by Billy’s son Jack Valero (pictured above with Billy). The song is a rollicking hoedown that takes a wry look at the joys and pitfalls of social media. The musicians on the track are Billy Bragg (gtr & vocals), Romeo Stodart (piano, gtr), Jack Valero (gtr), Michele Stodart (bass), Dave Izumi (organ, mellotron), Joe Harvey Whyte (pedal steel, banjo) and Darren Beckett (drums).
Says Billy: “I like my albums to finish with a stomper. My son Jack helped me out with this one. He’s a pretty good songwriter himself, and when I played him what I had and he said it’s good but it needs some work. I said well you go and do it then. So he came back and he’d added a middle section and, you know what, he was right. I was really pleased. People have asked if there might be a ‘father and son’ album down the tracks. All I will say is you never know what the future might bring. ‘Ten Mysterious Photos…’ is about life online, both good and bad. I try not to get sucked down too many wormholes, but it can happen.”
On Thursday September 9th ‘Billy Bragg on…,’ an online concert experience exploring the music and mind of Billy Bragg will be streamed on the Stabal platform. The show will feature the first outing of some songs from Bragg’s new album, plus some nuggets from his illustrious catalogue.
Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. He has released 9 solo studio albums: Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy (1983); Brewing Up With Billy Bragg (1984); Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (1986); Workers’ Playtime (1988); Don’t Try This At Home (1991); William Bloke (1996); England, Half English (2002); Mr Love & Justice (2008); Tooth & Nail (2013); two albums with Wilco – (Grammy nominated) Mermaid Avenue (1998); Mermaid Avenue Vol II (2000); and one album with Joe Henry – Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad (2016). He released a mini album Bridges Not Walls in 2017. His most recent release was The Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983-2019 (2019).
At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (The Guardian).
Billy Bragg added best-selling author/musicologist to his CV with the success of his acclaimed 2017 book Roots, Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World. His most recent book, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, an extended essay arguing that liberty must be tempered with a commitment to accountability, has been translated into German and Spanish.
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