Artist: Nick Battle
Title: Love is a Long Road
Release: Album Released 30th August
Lead Track: Just a Little Crazy; Me & My Son; I Can’t Say Goodbye
F.F.O: Nick Lowe; Ralph McTell; James Taylor
The second album from Nick Battle in three years, Love is a Long Road, is released on 30th August. The follow-up to 2016’s Big Heart sees one of the South-West’s most engaging musical characters looking back on his life and reflecting on the choices he’s made and the lessons he’s learned. Drawing upon the classic singer-songwriters whom have influenced him throughout his life, not least the unique Nick Lowe, Battle’s contribution to the music industry throughout his life has been enormous, from songwriter to the stars to adventures with legendary punks, journalists, female wrestlers and The Spice Girls (not all at the same time!)
Nick Battle’s songs have been recorded by everyone from Michael Ball, Karel Fialka, actress Jane Horrocks, Sir Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck, as well as writing alongside such luminaries as Chaz Jankel from the Blockheads, Gary Barlow and David Grant but the desire to sing his own songs stills burns strongly. With lyrics telling the stories of his life experience in almost raconteur fashion, his style weaves between classic singer-songwriter (with the added twist of his Sheffield roots) and elements of Country, Americana and Folk.
For this new record, Battle has kept the same team of musicians, including Phil Baggaley, (Ebb & Flow), Robin Tyndale Biscoe (Martha Tilston) with Rob Bullock playing and producing with additional musicians Harriet Roberts providing wonderful vocals (Tina Turner and Quincy Jones) featured on the title track ‘Love Is A Long Road’, Mark Prentice on bass and Mark Edwards on keyboards ( Katie Melua) and Tony Swain mixing (Alison Moyet/ Spandau Ballet/ Michael McDonald) and featuring Kevin Holdgate’s sublime trombone playing from the Newhall Brass Band.
Battle has once again recorded not far from where he lives at The Lemonade Factory in Falmouth. The album is released like everything else he does on Star Street through Absolute Label Services with an ambitious radio campaign and interviews for Cornwall Live & The West Briton.
If you haven’t heard of him, he will not be surprised. He’s spent most of his life enabling others…now perhaps it’s his turn.
Nick Battle: ‘Love Is A Long Road’ is released on August 30th and will be available on all digital platforms world-wide, including Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube Music and Deezer.
- ‘Just a Little Crazy’
- ‘Glass Bottomed Boat’
- ‘A New Year in New York’
- ‘Love is a Long Road’
- ‘I Can’t Say Goodbye’
- ‘Black Dog Day’
- ‘Wishful Drinking’
- ‘Sail On’
- ‘Right Out of Bed’
- ‘Me & My Son’