British singer-songwriter, Tom McRae, 51, has released 8 studio albums to date, and this September sees the 20th anniversary of his critically acclaimed debut. To mark the occasion DB Records are re-issuing a remastered 180g vinyl and double CD version.

Tom’s debut was the first release on DB Records, set up by former Phonogram head of A&R, David Bates. The album was produced by Chris Hughes (Adam & The Ants, Tears For Fears).

The album was nominated for the prestigious 2001 Mercury Music Prize, held on the fateful 9/11. PJ Harvey eventually accepted the award from a Washington hotel room with smoke still rising from the burning Pentagon.

“My single, “End of The World News” was promptly pulled from US radio playlists, where I’d already been on heavy rotation, having appeared on several Late Night tv shows in New York and LA” says McRae, “but given the nature of my songs, I doubt it made much difference in the end. But it was still a fascinating and heartbreaking experience to be touring the states in the immediate aftermath of 9/11”.

Tom was also nominated for a Q Magazine Award, and a best newcomer Brit Award. The album went on to sell 140,000 copies worldwide, going silver in France - which along with Belgium and Norway was especially receptive to McRae’s music. Over the years Tom has toured with The Waterboys, Paul Weller, and Tori Amos, among others.

Tom has written for other artists over the years, most notably Marianne Faithfull on her 2014 album “Give My Love To London”. Having toured regularly in America in his early career (McRae lived in LA 2004-6) and been lucky enough to have found a loyal following in Europe, McRae now divides his time between Wiltshire, Paris, and The Catskills, in upstate New York.

The 2020 European tour to accompany the re-release has inevitably been rescheduled for 2021, but during lockdown McRae live streamed a series of shows (“Some Dark Cafe”) featuring musical guests David Ford, Olly Knights (Turin Brakes), Keren Ann, Justin Currie (Del Amitri), and poet Simon Armitage.

The album will be released worldwide on September 4th, on DB Records, distributed by Cargo.

Pre-order the album HERE.

Quotes About Tom and his music:

  • The Times... "an angel singing the devil's blues”
  • London Evening Standard .... "enduring outsider"
  • Mojo .... "a dark triumph"
  • Q Magazine...."finds real beauty in despair”
  • English Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, has called him "one of our greatest living songwriters".

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