This Kate Jackson article was written by Simon Bull, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.

Former Long Blondes front woman Kate Jackson has finally announced the release of her debut solo album after 7 years. Co-written and produced by Bernard Butler at West Heath Studios in London, the album, titled ‘British Road Movies’, will be released on Kate’s own label Hoo Ha Records on the 20th May 2016.

Of the announcement, Kate said: “I am unbelievably excited and proud to finally be able to announce the release of my debut solo album. To call it a labour of love is a bit of an understatement. Over a period of 7 years, Bernard and I have worked on and off on this record. There have been times when I’ve given up on the hope of ever getting it released, but today is not the day to dwell on those times.”

To celebrate the release, Kate and her backing band The Wrong Moves will be playing live in store at Rough Trade East on the day of release. Kate Jackson and The Wrong Moves will also be appearing at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on Thursday the 19th May.

You can hear the first track from the record ‘Metropolis’ on Kate’s Soundcloud below:

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An exhibition of the ‘British Road Movies’ paintings is on now at Culford School Foundation Gallery, near Bury St Edmunds. The gallery is open daily between 9am and 5pm (except Saturdays: 9am – 12noon, and closed Sundays).

The Long Blondes were a five-piece indie rock band formed in Sheffield in 2003. After several critically acclaimed singles, 2 albums and a cult following, the band announced their amicable split in October 2008 after guitarist & chief songwriter Dorian Cox suffered a stroke.

Below is the artwork for ‘British Road Movies’.

Ex-Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson to release debut solo album.

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