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Billy Bragg Shares New Single Ten Mysterious Photos That Can't Be Explained

Monday, 09 August 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Jill Furmanovsky

Billy Bragg has released a new single, Ten Mysterious Photos That Can't Be Explained. 

The cheery, jangly guitar-led track marks the second preview of the singer-songwriter and activist's upcoming 10th studio album, 'The Million Things That Never Happened', due out on October 8 via Cooking Vinyl.

With lyrics tackling the good and bad side of social media, the song finds the 63-year-old co-writing with his son Jack Valero. It comes with a black and white video capturing the pair working in the studio, and follows the previously unveiled cut I Will Be Your Shield. He said:

"I like my albums to finish with a stomper. My son Jack helped me out with this one. He's a pretty good songwriter himself, and when I played him what I had and he said it’s good but it needs some work. I said well you go and do it then. So he came back and he’d added a middle section and, you know what, he was right. I was really pleased. People have asked if there might be a ‘father and son’ album down the tracks. All I will say is you never know what the future might bring. Ten Mysterious Photos… is about life online, both good and bad. I try not to get sucked down too many wormholes, but it can happen."

Bragg will hit the road for a previously announced UK tour this autumn. Prior to that, he'll play a virtual show on September 9. Head here for details on the latter and below for further information about the tour.

Billy Bragg Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu October 21 2021 - GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead, Sage One
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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