Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Carrack is set to play his home-town gig in the Arena’s intimate Steel Hall setting tomorrow night.
Balancing his career between his solo work and guesting on the current Eric Clapton album and tour, his widely-varied CV also includes Roxy Music, BB King, Nick Lowe, Roger Waters, Squeeze, Mike + Mechanics, Elton John, The Smiths and Ringo Starr to name just a few.
Carrack started touring with Eric Clapton four years ago after he got a telephone invitation from him out of the blue.
He has written such classic hits as How Long, co-written Love Will Keep Us Alive for the Eagles and Over My Shoulder with Mike Rutherford.
How Long was a big hit back in 1974 for his soft rock band, Ace, one of several line-ups he’s been in.
However, his other career is his real passion and that is the solo Paul Carrack.
He has now recorded 18 solo albums and the latest, Soul Shadows was his highest chart entry to date.
The visit to the Steel Hall is part of Paul’s biggest-ever tour with 25 shows in the UK alone.
He’s already planning a new album as well.
Clearly that yearning for independence began in Carrack’s city childhood.
He has said: “I grew up in a corner shop with a corner shop mentality.”
“My dad was a painter decorator and my mum ran our paint and wallpaper shop.
“So I had a bit of a mentality for being independent and not dependent on companies.
“The benefits are that you’re your own boss.”
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