Rounder Records announces the first-ever solo album release from legendary guitarist/vocalist, George Thorogood, titled Party Of One,which will be available worldwide on August 4, both digitally and at retail stores. The album will feature 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. The CD version of the album will also include a Robert Johnson bonus track, Dynaflow Blues.
Party Of One was produced by Grammy-winner, Jim Gaines (John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison and Stevie Ray Vaughan), who reunites with Thorogood on the debut solo project, having produced several of Thorogood’s biggest albums to date (Ride ‘Til I Die, The Hard Stuff, The Dirty Dozen). The album’s primarily acoustic instrumentation – including slide, Dobro, and harmonica – is performed entirely by Thorogood, raw and stripped down, with an intimate one-on-one feel.
Says Thorogood: “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.” Thorogood continues, “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.”
Party Of One is Thorogood’s return to Rounder Records, the roots label with which he first signed in 1976 to record the three hit albums that launched his recording career, beginning with his debut, George Thorogood And The Destroyers. Says Rounder co-founder, Ken Irwin: “George’s coming back is a nice completing of the circle. This record shows his talent as a storyteller in a very different setting, with all the emotion in his guitar and vocals. It’s a really intimate record, but it’s unmistakably a George Thorogood record, too.”
Co-founder Marian Levy adds, “You’d think it would be almost impossible to recapture, but there’s immediacy to this record that harks back to the radicalism of the early Destroyers. In many ways, I think this record is a summation of George’s career.”
Rounder Music Group Vice President of A&R, Scott Billington, also the album’s executive producer, says: “This wasn’t an easy record for George to make. He had to viscerally reconnect with a time in his life when he was discovering who he was. But as you listen to these songs, you realize that he is, and always has been, an authentic blues player. This album is George Thorogood claiming his legacy.”
Over the course of the last four decades, George Thorogood, with his longtime legendary band, The Destroyers, has sold more than 15 million albums, released 16 studio albums – including six gold and two platinum discs – and performed more than 8,000 live shows. George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ catalog of hits include: Who Do You Love?, I Drink Alone, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Move It On Over, Get A Haircut, and the anthemic, Bad To The Bone.
On the album, Thorogood delivers the full spectrum of modern blues masters. The set list for Party Of One includes:
I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man (Robert Johnson)
Soft Spot (Gary Nicholson and Allen Shamblin)
Tallahassee Women (John Hammond Jr.)
Wang Dang Doodle (Willie Dixon)
Boogie Chillen (John Lee Hooker)
No Expectations (The Rolling Stones)
Bad News (Johnny Cash)
Down The Highway (Bob Dylan)
Got To Move (Elmore James)
Born With The Blues (Brownie McGhee)
The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James)
The Hookers (If You Miss ‘Im…I got ‘Im) (John Lee Hooker)
Pictures From Life’s Other Side (Hank Williams)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (John Lee Hooker)*
Dynaflow Blues (Robert Johnson); bonus track available on CD version only
*Recorded in 1999 on Rockline and dedicated to the memory of host Bob Coburn.