Listen: George Thorogood 1st Solo Album; Tour Info

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Rounder Records has announced the first-ever solo album from blues-rock guitarist/vocalist George Thorogood. Titled Party of One, the album will be available worldwide on August 4, both digitally and at retail stores. The album will feature 14 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.” (Order it here.)

George Thorogood and the Destroyers on tour with dates currently through late September. (See below.)

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.

Related: Thorogood is among the performers scheduled for this fall’s Rock Getaway in Mexico.

Said Thorogood in a press release, “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.”

Listen to “Wang Dang Doodle”

Party of One Track List
“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.

Party of One marks Thorogood’s return to Rounder Records, the roots label with which he first signed in 1976 to record the three albums that launched his recording career.

Watch the trailer for Party of One

George Thorogood and the Destroyers 2017 Tour Dates (Tickets here and here)

Aug 09 – Sioux Falls, SD – Empire Fairgrounds
Aug 10 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo, Chip
Aug 12 – Sandpoint, ID – Festival at Sandpoint War Memorial Field
Aug 13 – Tacoma, WA – Emerald Queen Casino
Sept 15 – Lewiston, ID – Clearwater River Casino
Sept 16 – Grand Ronde, OR – Spirit Mountain Casino
Sept 17 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
Sept 19 – Livermore, CA – Wente Vineyards
Sept 20 – Saratoga, CA – Montalvo
Sept 22 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
Sept 23 – Coarsegold, CA – Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
Sept 24 – Alpine, CA – Viejas Concerts in the Park
Sept 26 – Riverside, CA – Fox PAC
Sept 27 – Prescott, AZ – Yavapai College PAC
Sept 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Route 66 Casino
Oct 31 – Riviera Maya, Mex – Hard Rock Hotel

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