RICKY WARWICK discusses growing up in Belfast and how it influenced him…

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Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick is set to release not one but TWO solo albums next month. The electrifying ‘When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)’ and the beautifully acoustic‘Hearts On Trees’ will be released as a double CD on 26th February 2016 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Both albums are heavily influenced by Ricky’s upbringing in Belfast, which he discusses in a new album trailer posted online today.

Warwick released the title track from the electric album, ‘When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)’ last week:

The artwork for the double albums reflect the tone of each – ‘When Patsy Cline Was Crazy…’ showcases the electric rock and roll side of Ricky, whilst ‘Hearts On Trees’ veers more towards tender stripped-back songwriting, influenced by both Americana and, more importantly, Ricky’s Northern Irish roots.

Ricky explains: “Hearts On Trees and When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues) were written by myself and my good friend Sam Robinson, both albums depict our experiences of growing up and coming from the Greater East Belfast area, not only experiences that have happened to us but historical references and stories that have been told to us by friends and family…in saying that both albums translate those experiences on to a global scale that hopefully anyone geographically can relate to.”

The release  boasts an array of acclaimed musicians with guests such as; Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders), Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Nathan Connolly (Snow Patrol), Ginger Wildheart, Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), Richard Fortus (Guns ‘N’ Roses/The Dead Daisies) and Mark Thwaite (The Mission, Peter Murphy).

The album is currently available to pre-order on a number of formats, below:
CD + Standard Vinyl (includes a limited hand signed insert!) –  http://bit.ly/RickyWarwickSigned
Limited Edition Vinyl –  http://bit.ly/RickyWarwick
Limited Edition T-Shirt and CD Bundle – http://bit.ly/RickyWarwickBundle
iTunes –  http://nblast.de/RWarwickPatsyClineIT​

Ricky will have  a full band on board to bring these great songs to fruition on the stage. Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts will be supporting Belfast’s own favourite sons, Stiff Little Fingers on their UK tour inFeb/March of 2016.

Tour dates as follows:

25/02/16 Oxford – Academy
26/02/16 Portsmouth – Pyramids
27/02/16 Exeter – Phoenix
28/02/16 Cardiff – University (Solus)
01/03/16 Wolverhampton – Robin 2
02/03/16 Leamington Spa – The Assembly
04/03/16 London – Forum
05/03/16 Northampton – Roadmenders
06/03/16 Bristol – Academy
08/03/16 Cambridge – Junction
09/03/16 Norwich – Waterfront
11/03/16 Nottingham – Rock City
12/03/16 Leeds – Academy
14/03/16 Aberdeen – Garage
15/03/16 Inverness – Ironworks
17/03/16 Glasgow – Barrowland
18/03/16 Newcastle – Academy
19/03/16 Manchester – Ritz

Buy tickets:  http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Stiff-Little-Fingers-tickets/artist/921761

Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts are:
Ricky Warwick – Vocals & Guitars – (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders)
Robbie Crane – Bass (Ratt, Black Star Riders)
Mark Thwaite – Guitars (The Mission, Peter Murphy)
Gary Sullivan – Drums ((sic))

Find Ricky online:
rickywarwick.com
facebook.com/thefightinghearts
twitter.com/rickywarwick

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