George Thorogood has put the Destroyers on hold for his first solo album, titled Party Of One, which will be released via Rounder Records on August 4th. According to Party Of One’s press release, the collection features 15 cuts of “traditional blues, classics, and modern blues songs, from John Lee Hooker’s ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ to Hank Williams’ ‘Pictures From Life’s Other Side’ and the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations,” Willie Dixon’s ‘Wang Dang Doodle,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Down The Highway,’ Johnny Cash’s ‘Bad News’ and Elmore James’ ‘The Sky Is Crying,’ among others. The CD version of the album will also include a Robert Johnson bonus track, ‘Dynaflow Blues.'”
Thorogood, who goes it alone on the set, performing all the slide guitar, dobro, and harmonica on the album, explained: “I think this is a project that’s long overdue. Maybe it should have been the very first album I ever made. After playing with the band for all these years, I had to kind of reverse my hands and my head in order to do this thing justice. But I think Destroyers fans — and hardcore blues fans, too — are ready for the unexpected. My whole career, I’ve always said, ‘Just give them what you are, and they’re either going to dig it or not.’ This record is what I was, what I am, and what I always will be.”
We asked George Thorogood, who’s out on the road with the Destroyers, whether or not they actually feel like a 40-plus-year-old band spreading its unique brand of blues: “It just feels like we’re still just getting up every day and going to work — just under better conditions. It doesn’t really hit me that, like, ‘Uh, it’s 40 years, blah, blah, blah.’ You don’t really think things like that — at least I don’t. If I have an interesting anecdote or a story that happened in the past, y’know, I’ll share it with somebody, but I’m not really the kind of guy that dwells on that kind of thing. I’m interested in what’s going on today, and maybe, y’know, tomorrow, or the next day.”
George Thorogood & The Destroyers next perform on May 18th at Clearwater, Florida’s Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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