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Silver Rain

by John Styles

Singer / Songwriter John Styles returns with his second album of acoustic songs. Recorded live in the studio on February 2nd 2013.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Looking for Something New
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2. This Broken Arrow
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3. The Key
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4. Through the Southern Rain
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5. I Won't Miss You... Anymore
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6. The Next Atlantic Wave (4, 14-25, 2010)
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7. This Town
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8. Billy's Tune (Link)
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9. Talk About the Weather
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10. Silver Rain
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Album Notes
John reveals the stories behind the songs on his second full length album 'Silver Rain'.

'Looking For Something New' - Written in Kennington, Oxfordshire. The oldest song on the album and a great one to start with. This has always been one of my favourites and one I still play often. This was written during a song swap session way back in 1997 with an old friend of mine. We don't communicate these days which is a shame but such is life (chapters and stages). Listening to this song always leaves me feeling peaceful.

'This Broken Arrow' - Written in Oxford. This was written one summer back when I was living in Oxford. I was up on the roof with a friend talking over a couple of beers and he had just had some tattoos done which he showed me. I mentioned that if I ever had one done it would be of a broken arrow and that became the opening lines to the song.

'The Key' - Written in Oxford. Another song written when I lived in the old apartment in Oxford. In the summer it was my custom to venture on the roof with cushions and an acoustic guitar where I would while away the hours watching the people go about their day below. It was there that I wrote this song.

'Through the Southern Rain' - Written in Kennington, Oxfordshire - A nod of the head to one of my musical heroes Paul McCartney. A little bit 'Blackbird', a little bit 'Jenny Wren'. I tend to side with the latter.

'I Won't Miss You... Anymore' - Written in Oxford. Simply a song about moving on. There are two version of this song, each having an alternate ending. This is the second. I am currently working on plans to record the original.

'The Next Atlantic Wave (4, 14-25, 2010)' - Written in Cranebrook, NSW. I'd just met Jenna when I headed over to Australia for six weeks. I wrote this song for her knowing that she was to leave on a trip to the states not long after I would return.

'This Town' - Written in Peacehaven, East Sussex. This was the first song I wrote when Jenna and I headed for life on the coast. A song about leaving people and places behind but hopefully keeping in touch.

'Billy's Tune (link)' - Written in Peacehaven, East Sussex. A little variation on the picking used in 'Through the Southern Rain'. Jenna and I have a lovebird named Billy and I named this tune for him as he always pops his head up to listen and have a whistle when I play it for him. This is a shortened version.

'Talk About the Weather' - Written in Atlanta, GA. One of just two songs written in the wonderful city of Atlanta. Boy, I had a great time and spent most of it bar hopping trying to drink the city dry single handed. Now you know why I only wrote two songs during my time there, although the memories of the place and the warmth and friendliness of the people I met there has gone on to inspire a few more.

'Silver Rain' - Written in Peacehaven, East Sussex. A song for my wife about the passing of time. I had read an article that Bob Dylan was once asked by his producer if he wanted to have another go at recording a song he'd just done. He replied something like "Why would I want to do that? I've just recorded it". I approached the recording on this track with that in mind.

All songs written by John Styles except;
Looking For Something New - John Styles / Martin Robinson

All guitars, Harmonicas & Vocals - John Styles

All songs produced by Joe Lonsdale and recorded at Joe Public Studio

Cover photo taken by Jenna Styles, Surfers Paradise, QLD. Australia.

Thanks to;
Jenna Styles, Joe Public Studio, Joe Lonsdale, Billy 'The Bird' Styles & Martin Robinson.


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