Paul Carrack’s Soul Shadows is Album of the Week on BBC Radio 2

Paul Carrack, the hugely respected singer-songwriter is back with a new album Soul Shadows (released this coming Friday), which is Album of the Week this week on BBC Radio 2. The first single from the new album Keep On Lovin’ You is also receiving regular radio play on the B List at BBC Radio 2.

The record sees him at the absolute peak of his powers as a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and Carrack — who surely deserves the latter-day title of the hardest-working man in showbusiness — will accompany it with his latest, extensive UK tour which began last week.

Soul Shadows comes in the wake of Carrack’s latest sojourn as featured vocalist and keyboard player in Eric Clapton’s band for his UK and international tour, the result of their longtime friendship and mutual respect. The new album is the follow-up to 2013’s warmly-received Rain Or Shine, which maintained Paul’s recurring status as a staple of the BBC Radio 2 playlist.

But where that album contained a mixture of covers and originals, the new set is comprised almost entirely of some of the best songwriting of Carrack’s entire career, plus one lovingly-chosen remake: the Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland gem that was also a major R&B hit for Aretha Franklin, ‘Share Your Love With Me.’

Most of the album’s instrumentation is by Paul himself, working in his newly-refurbished home studio, with his son Jack once again joining him on drums. “it’s not a garage anymore,” Carrack laughs. “We got it up and running and a lot of the songs have come from little jams, just me and Jack.”

Six of the tracks on Soul Shadows have the addition of a hand-picked string and horn section recorded in the hallowed surroundings of AIR Studios in London. Other highlights will include a new song with lyrics by Paul’s longtime friend Chris Difford of Squeeze, ‘Bet Your Life,’ and a guest appearance by Pee-Wee Ellis, the legendary saxophonist from James Brown’s band who played on and co-wrote such greats as ‘Cold Sweat’ and ‘Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.’