London Country is the album that can outline Ian Wills. It is the zenith of a life’s journey that you’d consider to be fiction have been it not for the person himself. From biting poverty and abuse on the grimmest London council estates of the 1970s to the highest-flight of British enterprise, battles with politicians and his personal demons, and eventually to his a lot longed for profession as a author and performer. Ian has needed to struggle for all the things he has achieved, most frequently, and most tellingly, with himself.

It has been two years within the making and now LONDON COUNTRY, the fourth album from Ian Wills and his band Wills & The Willing is launched on Friday 9 October.

The first single from the album, launched in the summertime, ICEBERG is already having fun with chart success and radio play throughout Europe and USA. Now his 10-track album is able to be launched subsequent month, which incorporates associates Petr Cech on drums and even a spot of Vinnie Jones. The new single IDAHO can be launched the identical day.

Wills has all the time been extremely sincere in his lyrics and this is only one purpose why his confrontational and infrequently stark use of language has elevated him to the place of one of Britain’s premier spoken phrase artists.

Transferring these abilities to a musical canvas along with his band Wills & The Willing, he has reaped reward from throughout the board together with BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long, and even legendary guitarist Les Paul.

The fourth album includes a host of esteemed business musicians, on Guitars – Sean Genockey (The Who/Manic Street Preachers/Kula Shaker/Richard Ashcroft), Piano & Keyboards – Mick Talbot (The Style Council/Dexys Midnight Runners), Piano – Finn Genockey, Pedal Steel – Adam Chetwoood (Mark Ronson/Imelda May/Paolo Nutini/White Denim), Bass Guitar – John Hogg (Roger Daltrey, Jimmy Page, Rich Robinson, Magpie Salute), Drums – Liam Genockey (Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Steeleye Span, Paul Brady), Drums – Petr Cech (Chelsea FC/Arsenal FC/Czech Republic), Backing Vocals – Hero Fisher/Rebekah Nelson/Nick Sowden and particular Guest – Vinnie Jones (Legend!)

The new songs with an Americana/Country style with a Folk overtone, dig deep right into a wealthy vein of cinematic influences, generally brutal, generally apocalyptic, all the time private, and by no means hiding Ian’s personal vulnerability that brings the tales to life.

Ian’s explains the inspiration behind the tracks of LONDON COUNTRY…

High Plains Drifter
“Clint Eastwood inspired; of all the great westerns he has made the one that touched me the most was Unforgiven. No matter what bad we have in our blood the good can shine.”

Three Chords & The Truth
“Woody Guthrie once said, “anything more than three chords is showing off”. Truth hurts, lies kill, when you inform the reality the worst that may occur is the reality.”

“You can fall in love in 10 seconds and out again in another 9, then try all you can to fall back in love knowing no matter what you do the magic is lost, yet you hang on in hope.”

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
“Is the stutter when you see someone and want so much for them to fall in love with you, yet no matter what you do you remain hidden in their vision.”

“Knowing your own failings yet believing you can be the difference in preventing the person you love from losing themselves and drifting into isolation and knowing that the price is high.”

Midnight Train
“Tom Jones singing Delilah is the greatest murder ballad I have heard. With Midnight Train I thought does he kill her or is he stalking her, the listener can decide.”

Lobster & Chips
“I was invited by a dear friend for dinner at a well-known casino in London. Watching the tables being played I wondered how many lives would be affected by good or bad luck. The house always wins was what resonated, and that it’s the hope that kills more than the despair.”

Crushed by Seven Winds
“Rage and hate. Rage of a man who snaps because the life he has built was found to be meaningless, and the hate of men who kill for no other reason than the colour of your skin. Rage is punished on death row, hate never punished, so I speak Emmett’s name as a reminder of injustice.”

Hollywood Stars
“You have true love in your hand, yet you let it slip because you didn’t know what you had until you lost it.”

Greatest Ever Smile
“The last days at the bedside of my sister as she lost her fight.”

With the autumn launch of his new album and second single, Ian can be taking The Willing on tour with him within the coming months to carry out the brand new songs, with dates to be introduced quickly.

Ian Wills mentioned: “There is always some part of me in the songs, the good and bad come out in equal measures, I seem to never forget my failings only my victories as a poet and lyricist. That helps keep me searching and I do write most days, always looking for an answer to a question yet to be asked.”

Ian added “We all find ways to let light into others if we see that the dark is greater than the light.”

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