Multi talented New York author/writer/actor Larry “Ratso” Sloman has announced his debut album at 70 years old. Set for release on April 5th, Stubborn Heart was produced by close friend Vin Cacchione (of Soft Black and Caged Animals) at his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Blending a classic songwriting approach with a contemporary sophistication, Stubborn Heart features Ratso singing eight originals and what he describes as an “audacious” Bob Dylan cover. Releasing the first single from the album, Our Lady of Light is a duet with long time friend Nick Cave.
“If you would have told me when I was covering Dylan’s Rolling Thunder tour for Rolling Stone Magazine that forty-four years later, I would be releasing my first album I would have laughed and asked for a hit of whatever it was you were smoking, Guess I’ll take that hit now.”Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman
After an impressive career as a writer of books, lyrics and screenplays. Sloman has written features on the likes of Lou Reed, George Harrison and Leonard Cohen for Rolling Stone. Personally invited by Bob Dylan to join his ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ as the tour’s official scribe, the gig lead to his first book On The Road With Bob Dylan. Which Dylan described as The War and Peace of Rock and Roll. He has also collaborated with the likes of Howard Stern, Anthony Kiedis and David Blaine on their best-selling memoirs, has been personally asked by Leonard Cohen to preface On Tour with Leonard Cohen, and his biography of Houdini will soon be a major-motion picture.
With writing credits for over thirty tracks to his name, Ratso collaborated with Rick Derringer (McCoys) and ex-Velvet Underground founder John Cale. Including on Dying on the Vine, which became Cale’s signature solo song and inspired not one, but two novels. He’s also acted in films as diverse as the award winning short The Black Balloon, the horror film Satan’s Little Helper, and has a large role in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Netflix documentary on Dylan’s Rolling Thunder tour, out in April.
1.I Want Everything (ft. Yasmine Hamdan)
2.Our Lady of Light (ft. Nick Cave)
3.Caribbean Sunset (ft. Imani Coppola & Paul Shapiro)
4.Dying On The Vine
5.Living In Moonlight
7.Listen Little Man
9.Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
Stubborn Heart is released April 5th and can be Pre-ordered HERE