Travis Front-Man Fran Healy Working with Neko Case, Paul McCartney on Solo Debut
Published Jan 05, 2010Britrock survivors Travis are on a little break since the release of last year's Ode to J. Smith. This has given front-man Fran Healy plenty of time to pen some songs for an upcoming solo debut. So the Glaswegian singer-songwriter has done just that, and is currently recording the album in the United States.
Our friends at TwentyFourBit linked to Healy's blog, where he's been posting studio updates about the sessions. Besides the usual recording updates, Healy has also revealed two high-profile collaborators: alt-country songstress Neko Case and Sir Paul McCartney.
Healy reveals that the Case collaboration stemmed from the pair meeting up in Berlin. After she agreed to sing a duet, Healy wrote a song specifically for her. He also mentioned that McCartney will lend his bass skills to a track, saying, "One of the biggest coups was getting Paul McCartney to play bass on a song... I'm not sure what non McCartney songs he's played bass on but I couldn't think of many. Anyways his bassline is brilliant."
The album has been titled Wreckorder, but no release date or tracklisting has been confirmed.