A new start after 60: after 47 years, I have finally released my first album

Graham McGregor-Smith trained as an accountant, but never forgot his teenage dream of making music. Now, the singer-songwriter’s debut record is about to land

Graham McGregor-Smith couldn’t be happier. At 61, he has finally fulfilled his lifelong dream – recording an album. The cover of Road to Anywhere features a photograph of Highway 50 in the US state of Nevada taken by McGregor-Smith when he cycled from San Francisco to New York for charity in 2017. He did everything else himself, too, from writing and performing the songs to the recording and artwork, albeit with some help along the way. In March, he will play at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London to celebrate the release; he has a second gig in June.

McGregor-Smith, who is from Worcestershire, grew up listening to bands such as Ramones, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Simple Minds but looks back further than that for his own music. The album mixes 40s and 50s swing with some 60s bossa nova and 70s US country rock thrown in for good measure. “When I take the dog for a walk, I’m always humming swing tunes to myself, so it had to be swing,” he says.

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