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SOLOMON BURKE
"LIKE A FIRE"
Available in Ireland June 20th on SHOUT! FACTORY
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FEATURING NEW SONGS WRITTEN BY ERIC CLAPTON, BEN HARPER, KEB’ MO’, JESSE HARRIS AND MORE

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Los Angeles, CA – This June will see the release of Solomon Burke’s highly personal new album, Like A Fire. Burke has had a long illustrious career which includes a Grammy® award and an induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. His influence as an artist has long reached across generations, as is evident here on this soulful new project featuring songs written specifically for the album by an all-star team of songwriters, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Jesse Harris, and Keb’ Mo’.

The songs on Like A Fire are based on Burke’s reflections on life, and his concern for the state of the world. A spare, honest and emotionally raw album, Like A Fire was produced by Grammy®-winning master drummer Steve Jordan, who has worked with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and countless other greats, and who also wrote three tracks for the album.

When a song receives the honor of being performed by Burke, the King of Rock and Soul, it is bestowed a rare and beautiful power. On Like A Fire Burke gives his unparalleled treatment to a new batch of songs that cover a wide range of emotions. “Songs take a message directly to your heart,” says Solomon Burke. “When you can’t speak for yourself, sometimes a song can say something in three minutes that you’ve been trying to say all your life.”

Like A Fire features a top-notch band that includes studio legends Danny Kortchmar and Dean Parks on guitars and Larry Taylor on bass. The stripped-down ensemble seamlessly navigates the album’s different moods, from the wry, loose “Ain’t That Something” written by Jordan, to the one cover on the project, the American Standard and romantic album closer “If I Give My Heart To You,” which was a hit for Doris Day in 1954.

Eric Clapton shows his respect for Solomon Burke by contributing not just one, but two songs to Like A Fire. Clapton penned the album’s contemplative title track, which finds Burke waxing philosophical and looking for answers, and shares writing credit with Burke on the heartfelt “Thank You,” which comes complete with an old-school recited breakdown.

Ben Harper’s urgent “A Minute To Rest And A Second To Pray” deals with facing life’s hardships with faith, in the vein of Curtis Mayfield's great 1970s urban political songs. Keb’ Mo’ wrote and lends vocals to the poignant “We Don’t Need It,” an emotional tale about the breadwinner of a family finding the courage to tell them he can’t afford to buy them the things they want, only to be met with love and understanding.

Jesse Harris, who wrote the Norah Jones smash hit “Don’t Know Why,” contributed two country-tinged songs, the buoyant ode to a relationship that can weather the opinions of outsiders that is “You And Me,” and “What Makes Me Think I Was Right,” about hurting and forgiving in a relationship.

“These song writers have been listening to their moms and dads and their grandparents, and to the old songs,” says Burke. “And they’re combining their messages with the truth, with reality and with the times we live in.”

Like A Fire serves as proof that one of American music’s towering icons remains a vital, inimitable force. “I’m on a journey, and that journey is music,” says Solomon Burke. “I want to give all I can to as many people as I can for as long as I can.”

Solomon Burke will be touring the U.S. and Europe in 2008 to support Like A Fire, including stops at the Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals in June, and a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 13. Like A Fire is Burke’s third recording for Shout! Factory, following 2006’s Nashville, which featured the Grammy-nominated track "Tomorrow Is Forever" with Dolly Parton, and 2005’s Grammy-nominated Make Do With What You Got.

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture – The Stuff You Grew Up On But Never Outgrew. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts Grammy®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists and lovingly assembled album reissues. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com

Track Listing:
1. Like A Fire (Eric Clapton)
2. We Don’t Need It (Keb’ Mo’)
3. The Fall (Steve Jordan/Danny Kortchmar/Meegan Voss)
4. A Minute To Rest And A Second To Pray Featuring Ben Harper (Ben Harper)
5. Ain’t That Something (Steve Jordan)
6. What Makes Me Think I Was Right (Jesse Harris)
7. Understanding (Steve Jordan/Meegan Voss)
8. You And Me (Jesse Harris)
9. Thank You (Eric Clapton/Solomon Burke)
10. If I Give My Heart To You (Jimmy Brewster/Jimmie Crane/Al Jacobs)


 
 
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“Songs take a message directly to your heart,” says Solomon Burke. “When you can’t speak for yourself, sometimes a song can say something in three minutes that you’ve been trying to say all your life.”

Certainly, when a song receives the honor of being performed by Burke, the King of Rock and Soul, it is bestowed a rare and beautiful power. On his latest album, Like A Fire, Burke gives his unparalleled treatment to a new batch of songs that cover a wide range of emotions.

“We had an exciting adventure with these songs,” he says. “There are songs of comfort, and there are songs of the times. Every artist couldn’t sing these songs—not everyone could understand and portray these messages. I just hope that I’ve given them the right meaning and found the right definition to each lyric.”

Solomon Burke is truly one of popular music’s larger-than-life figures. His records helped create the exhilarating celebration of pure feeling and African-American vocal expression that came to be known as soul. His songs, including such classics as “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” and “Cry to Me,” have been covered by artists from the Rolling Stones to Tom Petty, from the Blues Brothers to Bruce Springsteen. “He is Solomon the resonator,” Tom Waits has said. “The golden voice of heart, wisdom, soul, and experience. He’s one of the architects of American music.”

Since his 2001 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Burke has enjoyed something of a renaissance as a performer (while also maintaining his parallel lives as an entrepreneur with a chain of mortuaries, a bishop in the House of God for All People, and a father of twenty-one). His glorious 2002 album “Don’t Give Up On Me,” which was dedicated to new songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison, won a Grammy® for Best Contemporary Blues Album. That album’s follow-up, Make Do With What You Got (produced by Don Was), and Burke’s most recent release, 2006’s Nashville, both received Grammy® nominations as well.

Nashville—which featured duets with such legends as Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris—returned Burke to his longtime love of country music. But the theme on Like A Fire isn’t any single musical style; instead, it focuses on Burke’s brilliant interpretation of compositions by a new generation of songwriters, including Ben Harper (“A Minute to Rest and a Second to Pray”), Keb’ Mo (“We Don’t Need It”), and Jesse Harris (“What Makes Me Think I Was Right” and “You and Me”).

“These young writers have been listening to their moms and dads and their grandparents, and to the old songs,” says Burke. “And they’re combining their messages with the truth, with reality and with the times we live in.”

Produced by master drummer Steve Jordan (who has worked with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, and countless more immortals), Like A Fire features a top-notch band that includes studio legends Danny Kortchmar on guitar and Larry Taylor on bass. The stripped-down ensemble seamlessly navigates the album’s different moods, from the wry, loose “Ain’t That Something” to the fiery “A Minute to Rest and a Second to Pray.”

Another superstar songwriter shows his respect for Solomon Burke by contributing not just one, but two songs to Like A Fire. Eric Clapton penned the album’s title track, and shares writing credit with Burke on the heartfelt, countrified “Thank You,” which comes complete with an old-school recited breakdown.

“Eric is incredible,’ says Burke. “He’s deep, he’s real, he’s pure. I truly respect him—his talent, of course, but also the credibility of him as a man and as a father.”

The album closes with the only song not written specifically for this project. “If I Give My Heart to You” was written in 1954, and best known in that year’s hit version by Doris Day. Burke gives the song an intimate, extremely personal reading, unique in his recent body of work. “I told the band to leave, I just wanted piano and drums on that one,’ he recalls. “I was really tired, but I didn’t want to dress it up. I was talking to my children, to the ones I love—and I have 21 kids and 88 grandchildren, so that song has a lot of meaning to me!”

Like A Fire serves as proof that one of American music’s towering icons remains a vital, inimitable force. “I’m on a journey, and that journey is music,” says Solomon Burke. “I want to give all I can to as many people as I can for as long as I can.

“It’s difficult to do what I do,” he continues, “because it’s serious! This is not a career or a hobby to me, it’s my life. I don’t know anything else but to keep going, giving, sharing, and caring. And I’m still learning—every day. And I say to myself, ain’t that something!”

- Alan Light

 
 
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