"Kickback City" is due out October 28.The album will be a compilation of Gallagher's best crime novel influenced tracks, but it will also be accompanied by an exclusive new novella, written by Ian Rankin and fully illustrated by graphic artist Timothy Truman.
Rankin, the award winning novelist, explains:
"I was approached by Rory’s brother Donal Gallagher who asked if I knew that Rory was a big fan of crime fiction? And of course when you look at it, the songs, the lyrics and especially the titles: Kickback City, Continental Op (the title of a Dashiell Hammett book) it all makes sense."
"Donal mentioned that he was thinking of putting together an album of Rory’s songs that are to do with crime and thriller elements and asked if I wanted to get involved. It was great fun and writing the story for the Rory Gallagher album was just obvious to me. It would be noir, the classic Raymond Chandler or Philip Marlowe private eye.”
The collection will be packaged like a hardback book housing 3 audio discs, including an audio version of the book read by Hollywood actor Aidan Quinn, the 44 page novella ‘The Lie Factory’ and four ‘crime scene’ postcards. There will also be a selection of previously unreleased live ‘crime’ tracks called "Kickback City Live", recorded at the Cork Opera House.