Yo mtm, I have been a Carrack fan for ages. I have just about all his solo stuff, and the main reason I have all the Mike & the Mechanics stuff is for his vocals. What soul, whatta singer, criminally underrated!
I'm also a Nick Lowe freak, and Paul has played with/and covered some of his tunes. Lowe was in a early 70s band (Brinsley Schwartz) that toured with WINGS on one of their first European tours.
It is definitely a bonus that Carrack is touring with Ringo, I hope I can scare up some tickets.