Kelly Jones feels ''lucky'' to be successful.

The Stereophonics frontman - whose friends include Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood and David Bowie - has fulfilled his dreams of a long career in the music industry by recording eighth album 'Graffiti on the Train'.

He said: ''I've been really lucky, sometimes I wonder, 'How am I here?' But I've had a great time just experiencing it all.

''When we were kids we always knew we wanted to be in it for the long run. We looked up to people like Tom Waits, Neil Young, Nick Cave, AC/DC and none of them were flash-in-the-pan bandwagon jumpers.''

'Graffiti on the Train', is inspired by two young boys who regularly run over Kelly's rooftop and the 38-year-old musician aimed to create a coming-of-age story through the tracks, influenced by his own youth.

He continued to the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''It's a fictional story, but you could just as easily take it back to our first single, 'Boy in the Photograph', which was about a friend who jumped in front of a train.

''You find seeds of all these stories through your youth. There was a lot of that in the valleys when I was growing up. After the incident with the kids on the roof, I just played for 20 minutes. Three or four songs ran into each other and 'Graffiti On the Train' was in the chorus. It came from the subconscious.''

'Graffiti On the Train' is out now.