First Solo Album in Nearly A Decade Finds Kinks Mastermind Digging Deep Into the Rich American Musical Tapestry with Backing from The Jayhawks!
Americana serves as Ray Davies' first new solo album in over nine years. The 15-track collection of originals serves as a master-crafted return for one of the most acclaimed and iconic songwriters of the past 50 years, and follows Davies' 2013 memoir of the same name, using the book as both source material and a creative catalyst. Davies enlisted The Jayhawks as his backing band here, and recorded the album in London at Konk, the studio founded by The Kinks in 1973.
Americana was written, conceived, and arranged, by Davies, and co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson. The album is an autobiographical work, chronicling the inextricable role America has played in Davies' life. From his earliest days touring the U.S. with the Kinks and subsequent blacklisting by the American Musicians Union, to his years playing stadiums and eventually staying in New York and New Orleans for a time, America has served as both muse and tempest to Davies.
The songs on Americana dig into the rich American musical tapestry, through the lens of Davies' own wholly unique American experience. The music swerves from the open-road manifesto of "The Great Highway," to a delicate duet with The Jayhawks' Karen Grotberg on "Message From The Road," to "Poetry," which offers a vital reminder of Davies' ability to spin small detail into penetrating truth. The album also features a number of short spoken-word passages from Davies' memoir. A second volume to Americana will be a released later in 2017.