MICK HUCKNALL to release debut solo album 'American Soul' on October 29th

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Mick Hucknall – ‘American Soul’

Debut solo album released October 29th
Single ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’, out October 22nd

Mick Hucknall – one of the greatest British voices of all-time – goes it alone for a stunning debut solo record of ‘American Soul’, out October 29th, with a great version of the Otis Reading classic 
‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’, released October 22nd, both on ATCO.

The erstwhile Simply Red frontman has lovingly handpicked twelve personal favourites for a quadruple helping of classic American soul and an insight into the music that has inspired him throughout his career.

Produced by Andy Wright, highlights include ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ – a song which takes Etta James’s earth-shattering blueprint and re-imagines it from a new perspective – The Flamingos’ fireside burner 
‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and ‘Hope There’s Someone’ and 
‘Baby What Do You Want Me To Do’, which was one of the first blues songs Mick ever heard as a teenager.

Together with Simply Red, Mick Hucknall has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, won a plethora of awards - including three BRITS, two Ivor Novellos and a MOBO - and spent a glorious career carving his attractive blend of blue-eyed soul.

We could talk all day but no one tells it better than Mick himself, who explains his song choices below;

1. ‘That's How Strong My Love Is’ -  “A great song. I’ve always loved the poetry of the lyrics.”

2. ‘Hands of Time’ - Enjoyed listening to this with Nesuhi Ertegun in 1986. I’ve always meant to sing this, just have never got round to it until now!”

3. ‘I'd Rather Go Blind’ – “I’ve always loved Etta James and was lucky enough to have met her. An inspiration. She also sang a version of ‘Holding Back The Years’, which was a thrill for me.

4. ‘Lonely Avenue‘- “I love the insistent tempo of this song; it gets under your skin! This was one of the many great songs he recorded.”

5. ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ – “This is a difficult song to sing. The sustained note at the end, particularly challenging!”

6. ‘Tell It Like It Is’ – “Lots of angles in this melody, a song of unrequited love, a man running out of patience!!”

7. ‘Baby What Do You Want Me To Do’ – “One of the first Blues songs I ever heard, started collecting and enjoying when I was 15.”

8. ‘The Girl That Radiates Charm’ – “I think the lyric on this song has a modern flavour even though it was written over 50 years ago!”

9. ‘Let Me Down Easy’ – “A heart wrenching lyric about being left deserted. Never fun for anyone, I've been there.”

10. ‘Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood’ – “A fabulous and familiar song to millions, the challenge was to make an original interpretation.”

11. ‘Impossible’ – “I learnt this when I was a waiter in a Working Men’s Club a 13 yr old pretending to be 18! A wonderful timeless song.”

12. ‘Hope There's Someone’ – “This is such a challenging and unusual melody about life, death and the deep blue sea.”

Mick steps out for his first solo show this September, taking new album ‘American Soul’ to the Royal Albert Hall for two nights; 18th & 19th. He’s also got a string of dates lined up for 2013, including Manchester’s O2 Apollo on April 13th. 

Mick Hucknall plays:

September 2012
Tues 18th                  LONDON, Royal Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Wed 19th                  LONDON, Royal Albert Hall 

April 2013
Tue  9th                     DUBLIN, Olympia
Fri  12th                     YORK, Barbican 
Sat 13th                     MANCHESTER, Apollo
Mon 15th                   BRIGHTON, Dome
Tue 16th                    PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall 
Thu 18th                    BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall 
Fri 19th                      IPSWICH, Regent
Sun 21st                    CARDIFF, St David’s Hall 
Mon 22nd                 BRISTOL, Colston Hall 
Tue 23rd                   NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall 
Thu 25th                   GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall 
Fri 26th                     NEWCASTLE, City Hall