Colin Hay Announces New Album, Ringo Starr Plays Drums On Title Track Out Now

Article Contributed by Missing Piece Group | Published on Monday, January 24, 2022

Colin Hay is excited to announce that his upcoming album Now And The Evermore will be released on March 18, 2022 via Lazy Eye/Compass Records. Along with the announcement, Hay shared the album’s title track from the album, featuring a guest appearance from Ringo Starr who played drums on the track.

Listen to “Now And The Evermore” HERE

"’Now And The Evermore’ is a reminder to myself, to make the most of what time I have left walking around on top of the planet,” says Hay. “When I listen to it, it transports me back to when I thought I had all the time in the world. It is a song which is unashamedly inspired by the majesty of The Beatles, and the gift they gave us all. Having Ringo Starr play on the track is more than icing on the cake."
“I’m deeply grateful for the life I have, and I think my natural tendency has always been towards optimism and humor. Lately, though, I’ve had to be more intentional about it. I’ve had to actively seek out the positive, to let new rays of hope shine on some seemingly dark situations.”
That’s precisely what Hay does with his new album. Facing down struggle, loss, and even his own mortality with grit and wit at every turn. Written and recorded in Hay’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles, the collection is a defiantly joyful celebration of life and love, one that insists on finding silver linings and reasons to smile. The music is vibrant and animated, brimming with fanciful melodies and lush orchestration. Hay’s performances draw on vintage pop charm, pub rock muscle, and folk sincerity to forge a sound that’s at once playful and profound, clever and compassionate, whimsical and earnest. At its most basic level, Now And The Evermore offers a deeply personal acknowledgement of the relentless march of time, but zoom out and you’ll see that Hay’s contemplations of identity and eternity are in fact broader reflections on our shared humanity, on letting go of dead weight and reaching for the light no matter how dark things may get.
Born in Scotland, Hay moved with his family as a teenager to Australia, where he first came to international fame with seminal ’80s hitmakers Men At Work. While the band would reach the heights of stardom—they took home a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist and sold more than 30 million records worldwide on the strength of #1 singles like “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under”—by 1985, they’d called it quits and gone their separate ways.
Hay released his solo debut the following year and, over the course of the next three-and-a-half decades, went on to record twelve more critically acclaimed studio albums that would help establish him as one of his generation’s most hardworking and reliable craftsmen. Rolling Stone praised his “witty, hooky pop” tunes, while NPR’s World Café lauded his “distinctive voice,” and late night hosts from David Letterman and Craig Ferguson to Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have all welcomed him for performances.
Over the course of his career, Hay has developed a reputation as a gifted raconteur with serious comedy chops, and his frequent appearances at LA’s Largo club helped garner him a legion of fans in the entertainment world. Among them was actor/director Zach Braff, who called Hay’s mix of heartfelt songwriting and hilarious storytelling “one of the most amazing things I had ever seen.” Braff would go on to feature Hay’s music prominently in the GRAMMY-winning soundtrack for Garden State and invite him to appear as himself on the hit series Scrubs, which helped introduce his music to a whole new generation of listeners.
On top of his rigorous schedule as a solo artist, Hay has also managed to tour the world several times over with Ringo Starr & His All–Star Band, release an audiobook of Aesop’s Fables, star in the award-winning documentary Waiting For My Real Life, and even provide the voice for Fergus Flamingo in Disney’s The Wild.
In support of the album, Hay will embark on an extensive US tour starting in March, and will join up with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band for a run of dates in June. See list of tour dates below, and for the full itinerary, visit his website:

Now And The Evermore Tracklist:
1. Now And The Evermore
2. Love Is Everywhere
3. Into The Bright Lights
4. The Sea Of Always
5. Starfish And Unicorns
6. A Man Without A Name
7. Undertow
8. All I See Is You
9. Agatha Bell
10. When Does The End Begin?

Tour Dates:
March 18 - Fort Collins, CO @ The Lincoln Theater
March 19 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
March 21 - Belleville, IL @ Lincoln Theatre
March 22 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
March 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
March 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
March 27 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 29 - Cincinnati, OH @  The Andrew J Brady Music Center
March 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
April 1 - Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
April 2 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
April 5 - Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall For the Creative Arts
April 6 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
April 7 - Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
April 8 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
April 9 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur
April 10 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur
April 12 - New York City, NY @ City Winery
April 13 - New York City, NY @ City Winery
April 14 - West Long Branch, NJ @ Monmouth University
April 21 - Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
April 22 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
April 23 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
April 24 - Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
April 27 - Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
April 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
May 1 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville
May 2 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville
May 4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Lyric Theatre
May 5 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre
May 6 - Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
May 7 - Austin, TX @ Texas Union
May 8 - Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
May 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Journal Theatre
May 12 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Virginia G. Piper Theater