‘Album showcases 
artist’s beguiling charm’

Ian McLagan
Ian McLagan

Small Faces and Faces legend Ian McLagan plays The Prince Albert, Trafalgar Square, Brighton on Monday, July 14, as he tours to promote United States, his first new studio album in five years.

The album, his first since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the Faces, alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings, says spokesman Jim Soars.

“It showcases McLagan’s beguiling charm and timeless gift for crafting memorable hooks. Standout Love Letter leads into the smooth and moody take-charge song Who Says It Ain’t Love while Shalalala draws from classic soul and How Blue rides a boogie-woogie shuffle.

“The ten original tracks on United States feature McLagan on vocals, keys, and guitar, joined by his longtime collaborators the Bump Band (’Scrappy’ Jud Newcomb, Jon Notarthomas, and Conrad Choucroun), with Leigh Mahoney (David Byrne, the Tosca Strings) on violin for album closer He’s Not For You. McLagan recorded and produced the album at his own The Doghouse Studios in Manor, TX. The songs were mixed by long-time friend Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones).”

Jim added: “McLagan’s musical career began in the 1960s in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces.

“He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Bragg among others. McLagan relocated to Austin, TX in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades.

“The Faces reunited (sans Rod Stewart) for a charity performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and performed select dates over the next three years, including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.”