CUE AND PLAY: Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue

Ricky Ross - Stables return on Monday    Pic: simon murphy

Ricky Ross - Stables return on Monday Pic: simon murphy

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Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross makes his return to The Stables on Monday evening.

The singer-songwriter has just released his sixth solo album, Trouble Came Looking.

“You have to have about 10 reasons to make a record these days,” he says of the opus, “You have to feel like it really needs to be made, and that’s how I felt about these songs.”

But when not writing or performing, what are the records and who are the artists that interest him?

Ricky took on our famous Cue and Play challenge...

Tell us about the first record you bought

Get Your Ya Yas Out by The Rolling Stones. I bought it in a shop called Lyon and Sheriff’s in Broughty Ferry in Dundee

An album you can’t live without – and why

It would be hard not to hear Tunnel of Love again by Bruce Springsteen. It’s overlooked and contains lots of examples of themes he doesn’t really explore on other albums

The most embarrassing record in your collection

Too many to mention. I like country music, so my cool may well be a lot of people’s embarrassing

Your favourite cheesy disc

My favourite country song is The Gambler. I think it’s genius, but again…

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

Early Led Zeppelin, I’m catching up

What about your favourite artist of all time? What’s the attraction?

I don’t really have one. It might be George Jones today and Joni Mitchell tomorrow. Last year I declared My Morning Jacket were my favourite band of all time…

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why?

What would you ask them?

I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to Bob Dylan

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Out on the Streets by Bruce Springsteen

And one that chills you out

July Flame by Laura Veirs

What was the first gig you attended?

The Faces, Dundee Caird Hall, ‘73

Tell us about your favourite record shop…

They’ve all closed I’m afraid, but I loved Echo Records on Byres Road. On my visits to Nashville I love Grimeys

You can step into the shoes of your favourite musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose?

I’d be terrified, so I couldn’t do it to any of them

Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear?

Anthony D’Amato and his excellent album Paper Back Bones and an artist called Robin Adams, plus Woodenbox from Scotland

To book tickets to see Ricky at The Stables, call the box office on 01908 280800