In 2011, egged on by Domino Records boss Laurence Bell (a long time fan), and a few years after his departure from Wirral psych-pop boys The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones signed a solo deal. It was, undeniably, a Very Good Idea: Ryder-Jones’ solo work is focused and beautiful, and it’s grabbed critical acclaim from every corner. He released the lush, brilliant ‘If’ in 2011 – a record of vast ambition and a sign of his impressive talent for songwriting and composition (it was designed as a soundtrack to Ryder-Jones’ favourite book, ‘If on a Winters Night a Traveler’).
Now Bill’s set to unveil his brand new album, ‘A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart’, on 8th April. It’s less bombastic than ‘If’, more the kind of enthralling, engaging British storytelling that Richard Hawley’s so good at: more intimate, but no less enjoyable, and a hint that Ryder-Jones is only just getting started.
To celebrate the release, he’s warming up with a freshly announced gig at Camp and Furnace, supported by Liverpool country starlet Delta Maid, where he’ll be previewing tracks from the record. We’re excited.
Bill Ryder-Jones w/ Delta Maid
Camp and Furnace, Greenland St, Liverpool
Thurs March 21st, 7.30pm
£6 adv/£8 door