Friday, April 26, 2019

Out now: Don Felder's 'American Rock 'n' Roll' album

Don Felder - singer/songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, best-selling author, and former guitarist of the Eagles - has released his second solo album, American Rock 'n' Roll, on BMG. Purchase it on all digital formats here.

The album includes a guest list of contributors who comprise a veritable who’s who of modern rock music, including Sammy Hagar (vocals on “Rock You”), Slash (guitar solo on the title track), Richie Sambora and Orianthi (dual guitar soloists on “Limelight”), Peter Frampton (guitar and background vocals on “The Way Things Have to Be”), Joe Satriani (guitar solo on “Rock You”), Mick Fleetwood and Chad Smith (trading off drumming duties on the title track), Bob Weir (background vocals on “Rock You”), David Paich (keyboards on “Hearts on Fire,” piano on “The Way Things Have to Be”), Steve Porcaro (keyboards on “Falling in Love”), Alex Lifeson (acoustic and electric guitar on “Charmed”), and more.

“On my last solo album, I had only one guest on guitar--Steve Lukather (Toto)--and I played every other guitar part on every other song,” Felder points out. “I didn’t want to do that this time. I wanted to have people come in and light it up. My goal was to play with them and have a good time. It was a ball!”

His debut solo album, Road to Forever was released October 9, 2012 and debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27. "Girls In Black," the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart, while “Wash Away” reached #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart. It was co-written by Felder and Styx’s Tommy Shaw, which also features Shaw’s vocals.

Not only is Felder a proud, longstanding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted with the Eagles back in 1998, he was also inaugurated into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2016 and the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2017. Felder spent 27 years with the Eagles, who own the fine distinction of recording the top-selling album of all time--THEIR GREATEST HITS (1971-1975), which has sold over 38 million copies (and counting).

“I’m blessed enough to have contributed to and been a part of a very talented mixture of voices, writing, guitar parts, and production. I’m very proud of that,” he says of the group.

Meanwhile, his legendary double-neck Les Paul guitar is on display as part of the “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll,” exhibit presented by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which opens April 8 and closes October 1. Felder was in attendance along with Jimmy Page, Steve Miller and Tina Weymouth to celebrate the opening of the vast collection of some of Rock’s most celebrated instruments, including Jimi Hendrix’s guitar that he played at Woodstock and Ringo Starr’s drum kit that he played on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

It’s the first major exhibition in an art museum dedicated entirely to the iconic instruments of Rock & Roll. Through more than 130 instruments dating from 1939 to 2017—played by artists such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Don Felder, Kim Gordon, Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield, Wanda Jackson, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Kate Pierson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth, Nancy Wilson, and others—“Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” will explore one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century and the objects that made the music possible.

A 2019 headlining tour will continue through the end of the year. 

Tour dates:

Sat 4/27 Dubuque, IA Diamond Jo Casino
Sun 5/5 Orlando, FL Walt Disney World/Garden Rocks Concert Series
Mon 5/6 Orlando, FL Walt Disney World/Garden Rocks Concert Series
Tue 5/7 Orlando, FL Walt Disney World/Garden Rocks Concert Series
Sat 6/22 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre
Sat 7/6 Ellicottville, NY The Summer Music Festival
Fri 7/12 Burnsville, MN Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Arena
Fri 8/9 Reno, NV Nugget Event Center

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