‘What & How & If & When & Why’ is the first single from Bill Wyman’s new album, ‘Back To Basics’. The lead track on the CD, both the single and album are released on June 22nd.
“I was watching the video of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues with the song cards that he tosses aside and I thought I’d like to do something like that. Not that my song is anything like it of course but I think it inspired me. So I set about working on different sets of rhymes, sixes and fours, and it just came into being. It’s not the sort of song I usually write.” B.W.
Sounding a little like a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen with a passing nod towards Ian Dury, ‘What & How & If & When & Why’ is driven along by its gritty vocals and strong rhythm section. Its insistent beat combined with covertly menacing lyrics make for a compelling combination.
‘Back To Basics’ is Bill’s first UK solo album in 33 years and only his fourth UK solo one. Featuring 12 tracks in total (with an extra one for digital) it comprises three reworked demos and nine brand new songs. It’s a record that crosses various genres; it’s stripped back, pared down, polished and – most important of all – immensely likeable.
Musicians joining Bill in the studio were long time collaborator/guitarist Terry Taylor, Guy Fletcher (of Mark Knopfler fame), Graham Broad and Robbie McIntosh while co-production credit goes to Andy Wright (Jeff Beck, Eurythmics, Simply Red).
Since quitting the Stones at their peak in 1993 having spent 31 years with them, Bill Wyman has been the author of seven learned books, a globally exhibited photographer, a metal detecting expert with his own brand of metal detector, a producer, a composer for film and TV and the founder of the very successful Rhythm Kings who release CDs and tour regularly.