THE RETURN OF CHRIS REA - ROAD SONGS FOR LOVERS.
Like all truly great artists, Chris Rea has followed his own unique artistic vision and a path that is his and his alone. And although his exemplary musical output to date is deeply embedded into the framework of the worlds rock n roll DNA, it is also safe to say that his presence has been something of a glittering thorn in the side of an industry that has always had him down as a perennial outsider. 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.
Recent years have seen Rea publicly celebrating many of his passions including Santo Spirito, a release containing two feature-length films on DVD (written and directed by Rea), two accompanying CDs of the soundtracks, and one regular CD of studio album songs, Blue Guitars, an eleven CD collection of 137 blues inspired tracks with his own paintings as album covers, and La Passione - a deluxe box set featuring Reas extraordinary soundtrack to his own short films about the legendary motor racing driver Wolfgang Von Tripps (together with a documentary made up of Von Tripps personal cine film archive and a 70 page coffee table book including Reas photographs and paintings) but 2017 sees Rea return to what hes best known for: an album of gorgeous rock ballads which showcases Reas unique voice and a songwriting skill at the top of his game. The album is called Road Songs For Lovers and it is possibly his finest record to date.
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