Long Ryders have new album next year, expanded old albums this year

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.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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