SINGER Paul Carrack is to visit Llandudno’s Venue Cymru later this month in support of his latest album, “One On One”.
Carrack and his six-piece band will play tracks from his new record, released last September, and more when he comes to Venue Cymru on Sunday, February 27.
After more than 20 years of running his own record label and touring operation, Carrack knows more than most about taking responsibility for his own career.
So when lockdown cast its unwelcome shadow on the music business, the singer-songwriter was ready with his response.
The result is “One On One”, his 18th solo studio album, featuring cameos by the likes of guitarist Robbie McIntosh and former James Brown sideman Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis.
“I haven’t let the time go to waste,” Carrack said.
“By mid-March (2020), I started to get the vibe that things were going to be shutting down, and we thought it would probably be only a couple of months, so we rescheduled a lot of the shows.
“It soon became apparent that the situation wasn’t going to change any time soon.
“I started going into the studio, initially to keep my chops ticking over, but I found that it also helped to keep my mind occupied, and acted as a kind of therapy at what was a very anxious time.
“The songs are fairly conventional, but the playing is a little bit unconventional.
“I am totally self-taught and predominantly a keyboard player, but I can play a little bit of everything although my approach to playing bass, for example, is probably a little diferent to how a ‘proper’ bass player would approach a song.
“Hopefully, this adds to the individuality.”
For tickets to Carrack’s Venue Cymru show, go to: www.venuecymru.co.uk/paul-carrack.