Paul Carrack launches a new studio album on the 7thSept on his own record label, Carrack-UK, The album , These Days, is his17th album in 38 years and features Paul on keyboards and guitar bandmate Jeremy Meek on bass, Robbie McIntosh (Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Norah Jones, John Mayer) on lead guitar and drummer Steve Gadd, Paul’s Eric Clapton bandmate who has graced the work of everyone from Steely Dan to James Taylor.
The album’s horn section is hand-picked and overseen by the sax ace Pee Wee Ellis Five tracks have lyrics by former Squeeze bandmate Chris Difford. The songs started in Carrack’s home studio.
“I took a lot of the songs quite a way, but then we decided to make it more performance-based and with some other influences. I’ve been playing with Eric for about five years now, and mentioned it to Steve Gadd who was very keen (to play).”
The album cover image is Paul’s brother ‘ That’s us on holiday,” he says. “We’re living it large there; I think it’s probably the Isle of Wight. Man, that was exotic back in the day.”
‘(These Days)’ is about getting to an age, and appreciating what you’ve got,” says Carrack. “I hope it will resonate with people who are going through the same stuff. It’s not being frightened of it, and just trying to enjoy it.”