George Thorogood & the Destroyers Set Tour

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In August 2017, Rounder Records released the first-ever solo album from blues-rock guitarist/vocalist George Thorogood, Party of One. And Best Classic Bands was pleased to present the exclusive video premiere of “I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man,” Thorogood’s cover of the Robert Johnson blues classic. (Scroll below to watch the video.)

The album features 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 includes a second Robert Johnson number as a bonus track, “Dynaflow Blues.”

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be on a North American tour this spring. (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.

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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.”

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 video of “I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man” from George Thorogood’s Party of One

George Thorogood and the Destroyers 2018 Tour Dates (Tickets here and here)
Apr 13 – Lincoln, RI – Twin River Casino
Apr 15 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Apr 15 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Apr 17 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley
Apr 19 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre New Jersey
Apr 20 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Apr 21 – Verona, CA – Turning Stone Resort Casino
Apr 22 – Portland, ME – Aura
Apr 24 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
Apr 26 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Apr 27 – Niagara Falls, ON – Fallsview Casino Resort
Apr 28 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
Apr 29 – Sault Sainte Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
May 01 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
May 02 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
May 04 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
May 05 – Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
May 06 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
May 07 – Enoch, AB – River Cree Resort & Casino
May 09 – Kamloops, BC – Sandman Centre
May 10 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Event Centre
May 11 – Coquitlam, BC – Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
May 12 – Coquitlam, BC – Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
May 19 – Dana Point, CA – Doheny Blues Festival
Jun 23 – Brainerd, MN – Lakes Jam

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