CHARLIE Landsborough pays tribute to The Beatles in a new album which is due out later this year.
The acclaimed Birkenhead-born country artist hits the road to promote Here, There And Everywhere at the Southport Theatre on Friday, March 14 as part of a national tour. The album is released on April 7.
Recorded largely in Spain, it features 14 tracks in total, blending popular tunes and some not so obvious, great songs with great arrangements and all performed with his trademark deep, heartfelt and much loved sound.
It's a departure from the music which has earned Charlie a legion of fans over the years, something he is very conscious of.
He told the Globe: "The new album is very timely, as it is The Beatles’ 50th anniversary celebrations.
"I know, when you do something like this, you can open yourself up to brickbats from fans. But I hope they like it."
It's 20 years since Charlie first shot to fame with What Colour Is The Wind, the song that has become his signature tune and still receives regular radio play.
Since then he has released 27 albums, various singles, earned many awards and accolades, and fans in every corner of the globe.
Both the cover and interior photographs of the new album were shot inside and in front of Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club and the album is packaged in a glossy double-Gatefold Digipak, another nod to the style of the early '60s LPs.
Charlie recalled: "I was in a band that was supposed to support The Beatles when they played at The Grosvenor in Wallasey in the early 60s.
"But for some reason I couldn’t do it, so I missed the opportunity to meet them.
"I was very taken with them, musically they were great, they were a very creative band."
The album cover includes a personal introspective piece from Charlie himself about a missed opportunity at the time as well as an introduction from Gerry Marsden MBE who, along with The Pacemakers, was also part of Brian Epstein’s Merseybeat scene.
Gerry said: "The songs here are instantly recognisable but Charlie has paid his respects in his own distinctive way. Will you enjoy this? Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."
Tickets for Charlie's show at the Southport Theatre, which starts at 7.30pm, are from 0844 871 3021.
The Globe has two pairs of tickets for the show.
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Send the answer to: Charlie Landsborough, Wirral Globe, Haymarket Court, Hinson Street, Birkenhead CH41 5BX. The deadline is next Wednesday, February 26.