Multi-talented, renaissance rock 'n' roller Dave Stewart returns September 30 with his solo album Lucky Numbers via Kobalt Label Services (his first for the label). The album's first single "Every Single Night" featuring guest vocalist Martina McBride goes to radio August 13. A lyric video for "Every Single Night" will be released Monday, August 19, with a groundbreaking video to follow, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Lucky Numbers is the third album in three years for the self-declared The Ringmaster Generalafter last year's release of the same name and 2011's The Blackbird Diaries. For Lucky Numbers , the singer, songwriter and guitarist assembled the same team of Nashville's finest that were on the previous two, though instead of working in co-producer/engineer John McBride's Nashville studio, Dave Stewart shifted the recording sessions to a boat in the South Pacific.
"I wanted to do something a little different this time, so I invited the band to join me on an adventure to the South Pacific," says Stewart, who also co-produced the album. "Where we could record with nobody else around, floating around on the sea. It was like parachuting into Oz. We were fish out of water. We were out 12 days, but we were actually only sober enough to record for three or four."
Like the previous two albums, Lucky Numbers RS combines Stewart's '60s British rocksensibilities growing up in the northeast of England with the veteran Nashville country musicians'southern blues. Players on Lucky Numbers include guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, pianist Mike Rojas, pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore joined by multi-instrumentalist Kieran Kiely, who played accordion, flute and, most notably, the Irish bodhrán drum that can be heard in the opening notes of the first single, "Every Single Night." The list of guest stars includes singers Martina McBride ("Every Single Night"), Karen Elson ("Nashville Snow"), Aussie pop diva Vanessa Amorosi ("What's Wrong With Me"), Broadway star Laura Michelle Kelly and violinist Ann Marie Calhoun (the soaring cinematic set-piece, "You and I") and a gospel choir headed by Lynn Mabry ("Drugs Taught Me a Lesson," "What's Wrong With Me").
"The two worlds collide in the most beautiful way," says Stewart. "I'm singing one thing in my mind, and they're playing something completely different, but it works."
The LUCKY NUMBERS track listing is as follows:
Every Single Night
Drugs Taught Me A Lesson
How To Ruin A Romance
What's Wrong With Me
Why Can't We Be Friends
You and I
Never Met A Woman Like You
One Step Too Far