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|Richie Sambora to release solo album in September
here's no new material by Bon Jovi scheduled for release later this year. But Richie Sambora, the group's guitarist, is readying a solo release that just might satisfy the cravings of the Jovi faithful.
"Aftermath of the Lowdown," Sambora's third solo set and his first in more than a decade, drops on Sept. 18. If you can't wait to own a copy, you can get a free download of "Every Road Leads Home to You," the first single from the album, by directing your web browser to www.richiesambora.com and submitting your e-mail address. (Otherwise, the song is streaming below.)
"Aftermath" will be released through Dangerbird Records, a Los Angeles imprint with a small roster of acclaimed rock artists, including Minus the Bear, the Silversun Pickups, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Butch Walker, a superb singer-songwriter plainly influenced by Bon Jovi and Sambora, has also found a home on Dangerbird. After years in the major label fold, the Perth Amboy-born guitarist is trying his luck on a boutique imprint.
Sambora has used his solo projects to develop ideas that do not necessarily suit his world-famous band. Although it contained plenty of hard rock, "Stranger in this Town," a 1991 release, was substantially bluesier than anything in the Bon Jovi catalog. "Mr. Bluesman," a highlight, featured a solo by Eric Clapton; "Ballad of Youth," the single from that set, was a minor radio hit. Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and synth player David Bryan backed Sambora on "Stranger."
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