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Ray Davies Reveals New Album in the Works; Suggests Collaboration with Dave Davies


While discussing his new memoir Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story with ABC News Radio, Ray Davies revealed that he has a new solo album in the works.

In the book, Davies includes the lyrics to several of his songs, some of which haven’t even been recorded yet, which are serving as his inspiration for his new LP.

“I'm happy to say that I'm going to start recording those [songs] as a sort of soundtrack to the book,” Davies explains to ABC News Radio of the plan behind his latest studio album.

The rocker goes on to explain that much of the album’s material was written while he was recovering in the hospital nearly ten years ago after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.

“The songs formed this kind of diary while I was recovering in the hospital and the post-hospital in New Orleans, 'cause I wasn't allowed to travel for many weeks. So, they act as a subtext to the story,” Davies tells ABC News Radio.

And for those who were hoping that solo album would be a Kinks effort instead, Davies does discuss the possibility of a reunion, even suggesting Dave Davies could work on the Americana soundtrack with him.

“I like writing for his voice and I like writing for his guitar sound,” Davies tells ABC News Radio of his brother. “So, even if I just do the soundtrack to Americana, there are some tracks I'd love Dave play on. So, we'll start from there and see how it works.”

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