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VÖ: 19.05.2017
Richie Kotzen has announced that he’ll release his 21st solo album in April. Titled Salting Earth, it’ll launch on May 19 via Kotzen’s own Headroom-Inc label and will be followed by a 16-date US tour.

The follow-up to 2015’s Cannibals is described as a “one-man production” with added background vocals on the track Make It Easy provided by Julia Lage. Kotzen explains: “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it. It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. “It started back in the late 80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realised in order to get this music out of my head and on to a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.” Salting Earth features the track Grammy which surfaced last year. And Kotzen reveals it came to him “in the oddest way at the most inconvenient time.” He continues: “I basically woke myself up with the chorus melody in my head, and in my haze, I knew that if I didn’t at least record the idea, it would be forever lost. “I ended up programming a simple drum beat, and then recorded the acoustic guitar. The lyrics pretty much wrote themselves. By 6am, the song was finished.” He adds: “I was going to do more overdubs, but I kept playing it over and over, and I just felt like there was something so personal coming out of the speakers. By messing with it, I’d likely destroy the magic – so I left it as it is.” Kotzen spent much of 2015 and 2016 with Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan in The Winery Dogs. They released their second album Hot Streak last year.

01. End of Earth 02. Thunder 03. Divine Power 04. I’ve Got You 05. My Rock 06. This Is Life 07. Make It Easy 08. Meds 09. Cannon Ball 10. Grammy

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