I found this link so I hope the information in this is more accurate.It says as you said Chris that the release date is December so fingers crossed http://www.uncut.co.uk/news/chris_rea/news/10397
Hi Tina, how are you doing?
Thank you for this link.
Here's what I found about Chris Rea's book, vinyl records and a new CD on English web pages.....
1. "Two years ago, Chris Rea announced his retirement from "doing all the hits" and nailing himself to grueling tour schedules, the main reason being constant health problems. He promised that he would be back, with a more, looser approach, the working title being "The Fireflies". This, 2 years later, has resulted in a new guitar book titled "The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Blue Notes" (dedicated to the iconic early 60's guitar).
It features a new band, and travels through the stylized late 50's instrumental records and on to Miles Davis (yes on a Hofner guitar!). The book will feature real vinyl records and 20 brand new Chris Rea songs. This live concert has been announced to coincide with the release of the book.
The consequences of a serious illness had forced the always reserved and modest performer to adopt a different lifestyle; one that could not be made to fit in with the usual touring business. However, he clearly neither wanted to miss the "Live feeling" entirely, nor was he able to do so. The Fabulous Hofner Blue Notes cater for this need. Together with Robert Ahwai (guitar), Neil Drinkwater (keyboards), Colin Hodgkinson (bass) and Martin Ditcham (Drums) Chris Rea lends his songs a bluesy trace of the Sixties, which is also to a certain extent a tribute to his idol BB King. "That is the music that I have always wanted to play: real, genuine guitar music"."
2. "In the past two years, the guitarist has written a new guitar book called 'The Return of The Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes' - dedicated to early 60s guitar - and also including 20 brand new songs, and a new album is due for release this December."
3. (It is going to be) "an entirely new album containing no fewer than 20 original compositions" (by Chris Rea.)
4. "He (Chris) prepared over 20 new songs in homage to iconic 60s blues music."
Take care for now,