Ian Hunter has announced the forthcoming release of his newest album, When I’m President. The former leader of Mott the Hoople will drop his new set, the 20th in his solo catalog, on Slimstyle records on September 4.

The man who brought us “All The Young Dudes,” “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” says the album’s 11 songs are a bit cheerier than his most recent work: “The songs seem to be more upbeat this time round,” Hunter wrote in a release. “The last two albums were pretty political, just because I thought the Bush years were horrible, and thankfully that’s passed.”

“But I don’t go looking for songs; I have to wait for them to come to me,” Hunter continued. “I had a spurt there in the summer of 2011, and that grew into this album. I’d get up every day with something ringing in my head, so I’d try to catch it and get it down. Songwriting’s always been a mystery to me in that way. Now and again you’re nearer the sun, and you have to be ready to capture it.”

Hunter plans to tour both the U.S. and Europe around the release of When I’m President, with dates starting this September soon to be announced.

– Michael Verity, CBS Local


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