Paul Heaton releases his brand new single and album in September and will be touring the UK.
â€˜The Ladderâ€™s Bottom Rungâ€™ sees Heaton sing of â€˜The folk you learn to trust the most, Are the folk with hardly anyâ€™ which is a celebration of honesty and morality set to a hook-laden classic pop tune.
The song is taken from â€˜Acid Countryâ€™ released a week after the single on 13th September.
Having recently made a headline appearance on the Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury in June and played a storming set at Latitude, shows at V Festival follow in August and a full tour in September.
He has also just been announced as support on the Madness tour for November/December.
The follow up to 2008â€™s widely acclaimed â€˜The Cross Eyed Ramblerâ€™, â€˜Acid Countryâ€™ is Paulâ€™s 15th studio album.
Recorded with his band in Colne, Lancashire earlier this year; the album was co-produced by Heaton and Christian Madden (of The Earlies) and features guest vocals from Sally Ellyson of New Yorkâ€™s Hem and Ruth Skipper from Moulettes.
The new long player sees the former Beautiful South and Housemartins frontman continue to write classic melodies with a country edge, whilst also maintaining his sparkling pop sensibilities.
As ever, his intricate and sometimes acerbic lyrics stand out with songs about old and new experiences, stories of travels and home, optimism and pessimism.
Paul previewed some of the songs from â€˜Acid Countryâ€™ â€“ as well as tracks from his previous solo outing and a couple of classic offerings from his Housemartin days – in May 2010 when he embarked on the â€˜Pedals and Beer Pumps Tourâ€™.
He travelled to 16 pubs by bicycle, cycling over 1000 miles in the process and playing some of the best shows of his career.
Starting off at the Rovers Return on Coronation Street and fitting in a quick date at the Woolpack in Emmerdale, the dates saw him highlighting the plight of local boozers and celebrating cycling as an environmentally friendly (and very healthy!) method of touring.
Live: Paul’s Solo Tour
20 September 2010 – O2 Academy, LIVERPOOL
21 September 2010 – King Tuts, GLASGOW
22 September 2010 – O2 Academy, NEWCASTLE
24 September 2010 – O2 Academy, MANCHESTER
25 September 2010 – Thekla, BRISTOL
26 September 2010 – Glee Club, BIRMINGHAM
28 September 2010 – Borderline, LONDON
29 September 2010 – Borderline, LONDON
30 September 2010 – Leadmill, SHEFFIELD
2 October 2010 – SET Theatre, KILKENNY – www.set.ie
3 October 2010 – Ruby Rooms, CASTLEBAR – www.theroyal.ie
5 October 2010 – Cyprus Avenue, CORK – www.cyprusavenue.ie
6 October 2010 – Academy, DUBLIN – www.ticketmaster.ie
7 October 2010 – Auntie Annie’s, BELFAST – www.ticketmaster.ie
8 October 2010 – Arts Centre, WEXFORD – www.ticketmaster.ie
23rd October 2010 â€“ SWN FEST: The Globe, Cardiff www.seetickets.com
On tour with Madness: Do Not Adjust Your Nut Tour
26 November 2010 – Empress Ballroom, BLACKPOOL
27 November 2010 – O2 Academy, GLASGOW
28 November 2010 – O2 Academy, NEWCASTLE
30 November 2010 – Manchester Apollo, MANCHESTER
1 December 2010 – O2 Academy, SHEFFIELD
3 December 2010 – Hull Arena, HULL
4 December 2010 – Leicester DM Hall, LEICESTER
5 December 2010 – O2 Academy Leeds, LEEDS
7 December 2010 – Nottingham Rock City, NOTTINGHAM
8 December 2010 – Bournemouth Intl Centre, BOURNEMOUTH
10 December 2010 – Reading Rivermead, READING
11 December 2010 – O2 Academy Birmingham, BIRMINGHAM
13 December 2010 – Cardiff Arena, CARDIFF
14 December 2010 – Plymouth Pavilions, PLYMOUTH
15 December 2010 – Brighton Centre, BRIGHTON
17 December 2010 – Earls Court, LONDON
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