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Billy Bragg Announces New Album 'The Million Things That Never Happened', Posts New Song

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Jill Furmanovsky

Billy Bragg has shared details of his 10th studio album.

'The Million Things That Never Happened' will arrive on October 8 and comprise 12 tracks that lean on the singer-songwriter and activist's country-rock influences.

Produced by Romeo Stodart and Dave Izumi at Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne, it was mostly penned by Bragg, apart from closing number Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained, which is co-written by his son Jack Valero. As a preview, check out the newly unveiled single I Will Be Your Shield, an emotional piano-based song that addresses human resilience. Bragg said:

"To me this (I Will Be Your Shield) is the heart and soul of the album. I've come to the conclusion that empathy is the currency of music – that our job as songwriters is to help people come to terms with their feelings by offering them examples of how others may have dealt with a situation similar to that in which listeners find themselves. After what we’ve all been through, the idea of being a shield, physically, emotionally, psychologically, really resonates."

He'll embark on a previously announced tour of the UK this autumn. Original tickets will be honoured, and the remainder are on sale now.

'The Million Things That Never Happened' tracklist:

1. Should Have Seen It Coming
2. Mid-Century Modern
3. Lonesome Ocean
4. Good Days And Bad Days
5. Freedom Doesn’t Come For Free
6. Reflections On The Mirth Of Creativity
7. The Million Things That Never Happened
8. The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here No More
9. I Believe In You
10. Pass It On
11. I Will Be Your Shield
12. Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained

Billy Bragg Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu October 21 2021 - GATESHEAD Sage
Fri October 22 2021 - DUNDEE Fat Sams
Sat October 23 2021 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Tue October 26 2021 - LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
Wed October 27 2021 - OXFORD New Theatre
Thu October 28 2021 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Sat October 30 2021 - CARDIFF St Davids Hall
Sun October 31 2021 - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall Southampton
Tue November 02 2021 - BELFAST Ulster Hall
Thu November 04 2021 - DUBLIN Vicar Street
Sat November 06 2021 - GALWAY Black Box
Wed November 10 2021 - READING Reading Hexagon
Thu November 11 2021 - EXETER University Great Hall
Fri November 12 2021 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Tue November 16 2021 - GUILDFORD G Live
Thu November 18 2021 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Fri November 19 2021 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat November 20 2021 - MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Sun November 21 2021 - SHEFFIELD City Hall
Tue November 23 2021 - BRIGHTON Brighton Dome
Thu November 25 2021 - SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
Fri November 26 2021 - FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
Sat November 27 2021 - LONDON Roundhouse

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