Paolo Nutini has found being one of pop’s Next Big Things a bit overwhelming.
After the success of his debut album, “These Streets,” in the U.K., the 20-yearold Scottish soul singer and songwriter came to these shores as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 Artists to Watch and one of Billboard’s top fi ve newcomers. His first single, “New Shoes,” is getting plenty of airplay.
But Nutini notes that he wasn’t entirely ready for the travel and promotional schedules he’s been keeping.
“You think you’re just going to be singing and making records,” he says with a laugh.
“You just don’t realize how much else is part of this. It’s all laid out to you and explained, and it’s all perfectly understandable. But when you’re in the middle of it you go, ‘(expletive)!’ So this is what they were talking about.”
But, Nutini quickly adds, he’s enjoying himself. He recounts stories of singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City and seeing fellow Scotsman Rod Stewart sing in Boston, surrounding by totems of the Celtics’ celebrated past while he sang on a stage that featured an image of the Glasgow Celtic football team — which both singers root for.
Coming to Detroit, meanwhile, will give Nutini a chance to visit the Motown Historical Museum and see the studio where so many songs that infl uenced him were recorded.
“When I realized it was restored and still in good condition, I said, ‘Why the hell is it not in use?’ ” Nutini notes. “Why the hell is nobody recording in it now? Surely there’s small touches we can make to make it just slightly better. All those old records — I don’t necessarily think it was all in the machinery.
“Maybe we’ll break in there and try to record some of the new songs I’ve got. I don’t see what the harm would be in trying ...”
Paolo Nutini performs Tuesday (March 6th) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave. Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is free and on a first-come-firstserved basis. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.