George Thorogood - Party Of One LP
Rounder Records announces the first-ever solo album release from legendary guitarist/vocalist George Thorogood, titled PARTY OF ONE. 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.”
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.”
1. I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man (Robert Johnson) 2. Soft Spot (Gary Nicholson and Allen Shamblin) 3. Tallahassee Women (John Hammond Jr.) 4. Wang Dang Doodle (Willie Dixon) 5. Boogie Chillen (John Lee Hooker) 6. No Expectations (The Rolling Stones) 7. Bad News (Johnny Cash) 8. Down The Highway (Bob Dylan) 9. Got To Move (Elmore James) 10. Born With The Blues (Brownie McGhee) 11. The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James) 12. The Hookers (If You Miss ‘Im…I got ‘Im) (John Lee Hooker) 13. Pictures From Life’s Other Side (Hank Williams) 14. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (John Lee Hooker)