Willie Campbell releases a new solo album entitled ‘Nothing’s Going To Bring Me Down’.

Available to stream or download, the 10 tracks from the Astrid vocalist come via the Invisible King label, and are also available on CD, at a bargain £7.

Despite Astrid recently returning with their first album in 14 years, ‘Fall Stand Dance‘ the Hebridian act have been placed back on (temporary) hold thanks to the Covid outbreak.

With new material ready and a planned March recording session with Glasgow-based producer Tony Doogan cancelled, Campbell was forced to take another course.

“(It was) made in the house on my laptop, and I decided to have a go at self-producing,” he reveals.

“Once lock-down happened I just decided to take the bull by the horns,” he says.

“Cliffy (James Clifford, who plays in Astrid) did the bass for me and Lloyd Reid plays pedal steel and guitar on four tracks.

“Keith Morrison plays piano on track 4. I did the rest.”

Prior to Astrid’s recent reformation, Campbell has also performed solo as well as under the Open Day Rotation banner, featured heavily on Gary Lightbody’s Snow Patrol offshoot collective The Reindeer Section, taken on vocal duties in Our Small Capital, and collaborated with poet Kevin MacNeil on an album which spawned a well-received single Local Man Ruins Everything on Fantastic Plastic.

The album includes the title track, which was issued as a self-released single as a taster for the album and went straight into the Scottish Top 40.

“I was pretty chuffed with that given the DIY nature of the operation,” he says of the single.

“It’s a hopeful song about time feeling too short and getting things wrong or right, day to day in a relationship. I got my kids to sing on the chorus. Happy with that too!”

More at www.williecampbell.co.uk.