Ricky Ross, songwriter and lead singer for Deacon Blue, one of Scotland’s most respected bands, follows the release of 2020’s City Of Love, the band’s most successful album in 25 years, with a solo album and tour ‘Short Stories Vol. 2’ alongside a memoir ‘Walking Back Home’. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally on 19th August 2022 by Cooking Vinyl.
In his memoir, Ross revisits his formative years growing up in Dundee, his early forays into music and the beginning, extraordinary success, fall-out, and re-emergence of Deacon Blue. Ross writes movingly and with great wit about the people and places that have meant the most to him, as well as his relationship with faith, politics, and the ever-changing challenges of being a musician.
Together with his memoir, Ricky Ross releases his 8th solo album, Short Stories Vol. 2 (Cooking Vinyl) an album that was recorded at home, then augmented with sumptuous strings and brass, alongside contributions from his fellow Deacon Blue cohorts Lorraine McIntosh and Gregor Philp.
The album and book will be supported by a tour in September & October 2022 with Ricky at the piano, playing beautiful venues around the country, presenting songs from across his entire career and sharing stories from his memoir.
A limited-edition 12” coloured vinyl version of the album will be available to order alongside tickets for the tour and there will be an exclusive fan pre-sale for 24 hours before the general sale which starts at 9 am on Friday 4th February.
Ricky Ross said: ‘I’ve always been interested in telling stories. Most of the stories have become songs but some stories take a little longer. A couple of years ago I started to write down some longer memories which didn’t fit as snugly into verses or choruses. I hope people might enjoy the stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them down.’
Ricky Ross Short Stories Vol. 2 LIVE 2022
20th September - Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
21st September – Perth Theatre, Perth
23rd September - Queen’s Hall Edinburgh
25th September – GRCH New Auditorium, Glasgow
27th September - Fire Station, Sunderland
28th September - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
30th September - Varieties, Leeds
1st October - Cadogan Hall, London
2nd October - Town Hall, Birmingham
4th October - St George’s Hall, Bristol
5th October – G Live, Guildford
7th October - The Stables, Milton Keynes
8th October – The Corn Hall, Diss
9th October – Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne