We don’t deserve this, really we don’t. The Long Ryders have just announced the release date for their new album ‘Psychedelic Country Soul‘ as the 15th of February 2019 – get that in your diaries. It’s a collection of twelve songs – eleven of them Long Ryders originals and a cover of perhaps the greatest Tom Petty song of them all ‘Walls‘. That’s open to debate – but we can all agree it’s certainly well in the top two or three.
Getting the band back in the studio swung on a fortuitous offer as Sid Griffin explains: “For years, for decades, the band’s dear friend Larry Chatman said he would never forget Sid & Co for hiring him for tour after tour in the 1980s. ‘I’ll pay you guys back one day’ was Larry’s mantra. Fast forward to 2016 and I got a call from Larry, who is now Dr. Dre’s personal assistant. Larry made the Long Ryders an offer they could not refuse; a week in Dr. Dre’s state of the art studio in Los Angeles.”
New album – what could be better? Well, maybe not better but a great curtain raiser is the re-release right now of ‘State of our Union‘ and ‘Two Fisted Tales‘ as not just expanded editions, not even a double CD set. Both albums will be tripled! That’s the original album, all the B-sides and a pile of demos and alternate takes and then a full concert. To say that Americana-UK is excited about this is an understatement. We fizz with pleasure at the prospect.