BILLY RAFFOUL RELEASES DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM 'INTERNATIONAL HOTEL'

Photo by: Travis Latam
Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul releases his debut full-length album International Hotel today on Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada. International Hotel was recorded with two microphones in Raffoul’s girlfriend’s room in his hometown of Leamington, Ontario. The simplicity of that approach is perfectly suited to the rugged intimacy of Raffoul’s songwriting, and to the Americana-leaning sensibilities he brought to the making of International Hotel.

Earlier this month Raffoul shared the first track from International Hotel, the sparsely arranged “What Makes a Man.” A profoundly moving protest song that speaks out against systemic racism “What Makes a Man” was the final song written and recorded for the album marks the first time Raffoul ever recorded a song with harmonica. The song’s homespun austerity also extends to its video, shot in warm black-and-white and quietly centered on Raffoul’s impassioned performance.

Mainly co-produced by Raffoul and his longtime collaborator Justin Zuccato, International Hotel takes its title from a bar in Leamington — the very spot his musician father frequents after finishing up his own gigs. After opening on the title track (a loving tribute to Raffoul’s father and his lifelong devotion to rock-and-roll), the album offers up a dozen more songs rooted in his sharply observed storytelling. With those songs encompassing everything from treasured family history to clear-eyed social commentary to a heartrending ballad of a comic-book hero on “The Ballad of James Howlett,” International Hotel closes out with “Massey Hall”: an homage to the venue of Raffoul’s dreams, a Toronto theater where Neil Young recorded Live at Massey Hall 1971.

INTERNATIONAL HOTEL TRACKLISTING:

International Hotel
What Makes a Man
Philadelphia
Everything Marie
Sundown on County Line
Right Behind You
Library Book
The Ballad of James Howlett
Shannon
Big City
You & I
Truth Be Told (I Like You)
Massey Hall




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