13th August 2013
You may be wondering what on earth has happened to the new album I've been banging on about for the last couple of years?! Well here it is:
I think it's time for an explanation...
Throughout 2011, I wrote and demoed lots of songs for a prospective new album. I really enjoyed this process. I have never before had the luxury of so much time to concentrate solely on being creative. Most of my days that year were spent doing what I'm supposed to be doing, developing my music by honing and crafting new songs.
In January 2012, I began recording them with my long time friend and collaborator, producer Matt Butler, whose CV reads like a roll call of many of the industry's biggest names, including none other than Sir Paul McCartney - I am always humbled to work with Matt! We recorded much of the album - acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, cello (Beth Porter) and piano (Morg Morgan) - at Matt's house in Herefordshire. The album has a full band sound and the drums (Alex Thomas) and bass (Steve Amadeo) were recorded at the famous Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, in the middle of last year.
Once the recording stage was completed, Matt enlisted Jon Kelly, famed for his production work with Kate Bush, to mix the album. I was staggered by Jon's wonderful contribution. It only remained for Dick Beetham to master the record whilst my good friend, the talented graphic designer Amanda Duffin of Eleven08, created another stunning cover incorporating, this time, the fantastic colour illustrations of Hannah Porter and the photography of Jesse Davey (The Hoax).
So why the delay? On listening back to the finished album, I was struck by how different it is from my previous recordings. It has a very English flavour to it, as opposed to the heavily American influenced sounds present on previous albums. As a consequence of this, I decided to release the album as an entirely separate side-project, under a different name.
The project is called Kinver and the album, 'The Stone House'. I am extremely pleased with it, and very proud of it. I really hope you are going to like it. You can discover more about Kinver at kinvermusic.com, facebook.com/KinverMusic, twitter.com/kinvermusic.
Here is a link to a short promotional video for the album to whet your appetite:
'The Stone House' is officially released on Monday 19th August, but you can get hold of a copy of the album, priced at a very reasonable £10 plus p&p, right now:
'An album with an emotional pull and lyrical depth' **** - Get Ready to Rock
'The sound of an accomplished writer who always seems to have something extra' - SLAP
You may be aware that I have been touring with the latest incarnation of the 'Ian Parker Band' (Morg Morgan on keys, David Jenkins on bass, and Chris Finn on drums) this year, playing the Blues and Roots music I am best known for. I will continue doing this without any doubt. I am having a great time with it and I am very excited about the festival and club appearances we have coming up. In fact, we're more than half way through recording a new Blues based album which is due out in 2014 - I promise!
I hope this all makes sense. Thank you for your patience!
All the best,