Ray Davies Releases Benefit EP

Published: 2005-11-07
Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies has announced plans to release a benefit EP to raise money for music education programs in New Orleans. The five-song disc, entitled Thanksgiving Day, will hit store shelves on November 22. The title track will be available for download from the iTunes music store as early as November 15.

"After recording my first batch of demos for my solo album, I visited the U.S. in 1999 and started writing more songs for the project," Davies said in a press release with respect to the origin of the EP's title track. "I had been invited to several Thanksgiving dinners in this time, one of which was with a family in New England. What struck me was that it was more like the family Christmas I enjoyed as a child growing up in London. The Thanksgiving Day holiday was originally a 'day of unity' and it occurred to me that it might be an idea for Great Britain to adopt a similar day."

The EP will feature two mixes of "Thanksgiving Day" as well as (relatively) new songs "Yours Truly, Confused N10", which Davies wrote for his daughter's punk band ("they turned it down"), and "London Song", first heard on Davies' 1998 live album, The Storyteller.

Fittingly, Davies will perform on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on November 24 - Thanksgiving Day in the US. His first-ever solo album, Other People's Lives is set for release on V2 Records on February 7, 2006.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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