Contact Us

Ray Davies Discusses Inspiration for New Album ‘Americana': Exclusive Video Premiere

Longtime Kinks frontman Ray Davies goes in depth on the impact the U.S. had on his upcoming solo album Americana in the above video interview.

“America, the land of ice cream and apple pie, guns and the wild West,” Davies muses. “America is such a vast country, such a big land mass.”

Americana is such a big story,” he continues. “The landscape is phenomenal. I’ve always been influenced by the big skies. I think about the big sky, and all the problems in the world don’t seem to matter.”

Davies’ most recent solo project was 2008’s Working Man’s Cafe. The Kinks, with whom Davies initially explored the U.S., haven’t released a collection of new material since To the Bone in 1994. “When we first went to America, everything looked like a film set,” Davies recalls. “It was almost unreal. I had an impression of what America could be like, with its shopping malls and consumerism, but I didn’t feel the need to go there. But the more Americans I met, the more I became fascinated by the place.”

Co-produced by Davies, Guy Massey and John Jackson, Americana grew out of Davies’ autobiography of the same name. Members of the Jayhawks are featured on the project. The above clip also includes snippets of the title track from Davies’ new album, which is due on April 21. He’s already shared a preview of another advance song, called “Poetry.”

How 100 of Rock’s Biggest Bands Got Their Names

Next: Top 10 Kinks Songs

Best of 103.7 The Hawk

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kmhk.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Rockaholics quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Rockaholics contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.