Following his highly successful Australian tour in October 2012, Billy Bragg has released his first studio album in five years, titled Tooth & Nail.
Drawing on personal rather than political themes, Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Hugh Laurie) in his South Pasadena basement studio.
With Joe taking Billy out of his comfort zone (all vocals were recorded live without retakes or overdubs) the album features an accomplished crew of musicians, including Greg Leisz (Bon Iver), Patrick Warren (Lana Del Rey), Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Eliot).
The album draws on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time. In his own words: “In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result.”