MPG’s producer of the year Ethan Johns has announced details of his debut solo album along with a UK record store tour scheduled for November.
Johns will release the album If Not Now When? in February 2013 through his own label Three Crows Records.
Written by Johns in-between making albums for others, the LP features a range of musicians that he has produced and performed with over the years, including Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, and Danny Thompson.
When asked the inevitable, "Who produced the album?" Johns responded, "I have to offer very deep appreciation to both Dom Monks and Jeremy Stacey who certainly took over principal duties on that front, but otherwise it was down to whoever was in the room at the time!"
Johns’ father, legendary producer Glyn Johns, mixed the record at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.
The first edition of If Not Now Then When? will be issued on heavyweight gatefold vinyl alongside a full UK tour of independent record stores this November.
The Brit award-winning producer - whose production credits include The Vaccines, Kings of Leon, Ray Lamontagne, Laura Marling, and Ryan Adams to name but a few - will perform songs from the album and hold Q&A sessions at each of the shows.
“I'm doing this tour primarily because visiting local record stores is still one of my favourite things to do,” said Johns. “You just don't know what you’re going to find, whether it be an elusive album you've been searching for, for years, or an amazing new local band the shop assistant is playing when you walk through the door. Nothing beats it.
"I buy vinyl when I can because it's a deeper listening experience than any of the digital formats, especially if the record has been cut and manufactured with care,” he added. “So, for me, issuing this album on vinyl as its first edition just feels right.
“I'm genuinely looking forward to meeting people who love records just as much as I do, and I'm very grateful for those store owners who have struggled on. It's going to be a fantastic trip.”
All record-store shows are free entry on a first-come-first-served basis.