Paul Carrack coming to the Theatre Severn Sunday 13th April

The prolific Paul Carrack is back on record and back on the road. 'Rain Or Shine' is the title of the new addition to his album catalogue, barely a year after the last, and he's already airing songs from it in UK shows just a few months after the completion of his most successful tour to date.

The new album is the swift successor to 2012's chart album 'Good Feeling,' which produced such radio favourites as the title song and 'Time To Move On.' It's the latest in Carrack's line of distinguished solo releases, which since 2000 he's made for his own Carrack-UK label.

The voice behind a songbook of household hits, Carrack is an independent, one-man engine room. 'Rain Or Shine' comes right after an epic ten-month run of shows that followed the release of 'Good Feeling,' including a massive two-leg UK tour, international dates and a run of shows in Europe and North America with Eric Clapton, who personally invited to join his stellar band and had him as featured vocalist.

'Rain Or Shine' again sees Paul blending compositions of his own (including 'Stepping Stone,' 'Life's Too Short' and the first single 'That's All That Matters To Me') with hand-picked covers of such soul and pop gems as 'If Loving You Is Wrong,' 'Losing You' and three songs recorded by one of Paul's musical heroes, Ray Charles.

There's also a direct connection to The Genius in that the entire album has string or brass arrangements, recorded in Los Angeles, that are overseen by the great arranger/producer/composer Richard Niles, who worked with Charles in his later years. All of the rhythm tracks for 'Rain Or Shine' were recorded at Carrack's studio in the UK, some with his son Jack on drums.

He also covers the soul classic 'If Loving You Is Wrong,' a Carrack fave since he first heard Bobby 'Blue' Bland's reading of it, and 'Losing You,' taken into the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic in 1963 by Brenda Lee. First single 'That's All That Matters To Me' (which came to life when Paul heard that one of his daughters planned to travel the world) is already proving to be another airplay winner. 
  
Paul Carrack is still at the top of his game, and still out there proving it every night, literally rain or shine.

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