Happy Birthday to Paul Weller, longtime Epi fan and the Modfather to a generation of British pop heroes including Oasis and the Stone Roses to name a few. Weller's new album A Kind Revolution
continues a steady run of superlative albums that combine Weller's personal vision of Rock 'n' Roll--a unique combination of soul, R&B, and pop--forged from a lifetime of loving American music and culture while staying grounded in the U.K. Weller's new album mixes the personal and political while still bringing a sense of lightness and hope to both.
"I don't think there's any world leaders I'd put any faith into," Weller told Billboard,
"When you think of Nelson Mandela or Dr. Martin Luther King or Mikhail Gorbachev, people who were pushing for the world to become more united and peaceful... there doesn't seem to be any kind of united peace movement right now, just a world of extremes. It's quite a scary time, really. I don't think it makes me want to write any political songs…The answer is inside people themselves, really, which is a much bigger question. It's not one person who's going to lead us into the light. It's going to have to come from us, so who knows what will happen or not?"
The new album features Soft Machine legend Robert Wyatt along with Madeline Bell, Josh McClory from The Strypes, Boy George, and longtime Weller guitarist Andy Crofts also of The Moons.
And for those new to the Weller catalog, be sure to check out Weller's work with The Jam and the Style Council including classics All Mods Cons
, Sound Affects
, and the Style Council debut, My Ever Changing Moods
. Weller kicks of hs European tour on May 30 in Germany with more dates in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, and Spain throughout 2017. Look for Weller in the U.S. starting October 1 in Huntington. And notice the vintage Epiphone Caballero
in the background of Paul's documentary on the making of A Kind Revolution
. A very happy birthday to Paul from all your friends at Epiphone.