5 Apr 14
Paul Carrack checked in this week with Where’s Eric! during a break in his solo tour. He’s a relative newcomer to Eric Clapton’s band, having only joined in March 2013. Called a “national treasure” and “the man with the golden voice” by the BBC, he’s enjoyed chart success as a solo performer and with the bands Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike + The Mechanics. Here’s what Paul had to say about the February / March concerts and working with the incredible musicians that makeup EC’s band:
“The tour of Japan and the Middle East was an incredible experience both culturally and musically. I really enjoyed the tour last year and this tour with a different line up of my musical heroes, was equally magical for me. Last year I got to play with Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Greg Leisz and Doyle Bramhall. This year, I fulfilled a lifelong ambition to play with Steve Gadd and Nathan East, two phenomenal musicians but also great human beings who it was a pleasure to be around.
The smaller band (no second guitarist) made it a slightly different situation to last year with a lot more space in the sound. Eric played incredibly well on the whole tour, but in particular the final night at the Budokan and Dubai will stick in my mind as truly memorable nights, where it was an absolute honour to be amongst true legends. Amazing.
I’m back on the road in the U.K. now with my own band until I fly to the U.S. to rejoin E.C.for the U.S. dates where I’m looking forward to hooking up withmy old pals Henry, Bronzey and Fairweather.”
Paul’s current batch of solo dates run through April 20th and pick up again in early July after EC’s 2014 tour concludes. The complete tour schedule is available at paulcarrack.net/tour-dates.
His most recent album, Rain or Shine, was released on February 24. It’s single, “Life’s Too Short” has been in heavy rotation on BBC Radio 2. It’s available from Amazon and iTunes, with autographed copies available in the official shop at paulcarrack.net/shop.
Paul was also the subject of a 2013 BBC4 television documentary, The Man With The Golden Voice.
The forthcoming issue of Where’s Eric! Magazine will feature an exclusive interview with Paul.
Paul Carrack – Rain or Shine (2014)
01. Stepping Stone
02. That’s All That Matters To Me
03. One In A Million
04. You Don’t Know Me
05. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right
06. Time Waits For No One
07. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
08. I’m Losing You
09. Life’s Too Short
10. Come Rain Or Come Shine
Want to know more about Paul’s album? Check out what the folks at BluesandSoul.com had to say about it here.