Chris Rea is not alone in the company of musicians who found fame later in life – think Jarvis Cocker, Leonard Cohen – and indeed it is interesting to note that he didn’t achieve UK Top Ten single status until the release of The Road To Hell (pt2), a record that was actually his eighteenth chart entry. Artist and painter, blues aficionado and self-confessed motoring nut, filmmaker and Italian-influenced classical music composer, eclectic and maverick are two terms that hardly come close to describing a man who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide for just being himself. Road Songs For Lovers is beautifully nuanced and a record that regularly tugs at the heartstrings and is arguably Rea’s best album to date.
The album entitled Road Songs For Lovers continues Rea’s obsession with travel and motion and includes songs with titles such as "Happy On The Road," "The Road Ahead," "The Last Train" as well as "Road Songs For Lovers" itself.
Road Songs For Lovers was recorded at Metropolis Studios earlier this year. The album will be made available as a double gatefold vinyl LP and as a CD featuring a 12-page booklet.