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New band -- Black Country

Postby Doobie » Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:11 am

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Press Release / A new super group has been formed with Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian. They are calling themselves Black Country, taking their name from the industrial area in England from which Bonham and Hughes both hail. The band is currently in the studio with producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Journey, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin) cutting tracks for an upcoming album to be released in late 2010 or early 2011.
With Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) on drums, Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper) on keyboards, Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze) on bass and vocals and Bonamassa on guitar and vocals, the band already has six tracks cut. The next recording session will take place in March and the band hopes to finish recording in early April. Shirley made the announcement on his website: "So there it is folks - the cat is out the bag! This is Black Country. The songs are all original and what a lineup. They are all the very best players in the world, for my money!"
Shirley added, "Jason Bonham is a totally unique drummer and a supreme, yet oh-so-tasty powerhouse. Derek Sherinian is super versatile, and is playing mostly overdriven Hammond organ in this ensemble and is the color on the palette. Glenn Hughes plays bass and sings with a range very, very few can even get close to, and Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the best Blues Rock guitarist around, plays hard riffing guitar as well as adding his signature vocals alongside Glenn. You'll just have to wait - we're planning to get this out late summer, and it's promising to be phenomenal!"
Recently named "The Blues Rock Titan" by Guitar World Magazine, Bonamassa's new solo album, Black Rock, will be arriving March 23, 2010. Produced by Shirley, who has produced Bonamassa's last six solo albums, it will be released on Bonamassa's own J&R Adventures label.
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Re: New band -- Black Country

Postby CharvelSuperStrat » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:21 pm

eww Glenn Hughes! - ruined Deep Purple and Black Sabbath for a brief time!
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Re: New band -- Black Country

Postby tedeeoo » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:39 pm

I read this somewhere too, I think Glenn Hughes would work alot better for this band than DP and BS. His voice should work really well with Bonnamassa's guitar. I wonder if they will go in a more bluesy direction given JB guitar style or more hard rock given Jason Bonham's lineage. Should be interesting.

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Re: New band -- Black Country

Postby MrScary1971 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:07 pm

Great post Doobie, a very intriguing lineup with some serious musical possibilites. There's obviously some serious bluesy chops with Joe B on guitar and Glenn Hughes, and the prog influence with Derek Sherinian and producer of Dream Theater, Kevin Shirley. Bonham is a monster drummer and can hang with any genre. Probably stating the obvious but you could recreate a 60s-70s Deep Purple-esque lineup here with a more blusier vibe to it. I can't wait to hear what these guys come up with.

I saw Joe Bonamassa in Buffalo and he was so good I wanted to put my gear in the road and run it over. The guy is sick and a very underrated player.

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Re: New band -- Black Country

Postby Shadow » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:07 pm

Sounds amazing and look forward to this incrediable musician-lineup band BLACK COUNTRY great name: I love GLEN HUGHES musicianship his vocal range is Soulfully rich and powerful. Seems like 2010 is gonna be quite a groovin' year for music, too! :D Thanks.

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