George Thorogood and The Destroyers to Release New Studio Album, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, on July 12

April 5, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On their 17th studio album, George Thorogood and The Destroyers pay tribute to their Chess Records heroes, including many of Thorogood’s legendary mentors who helped to launch his career in rock & roll. Titled 2120 South Michigan Avenue, the 13-track album will be released by Capitol/EMI on July 12 on CD, vinyl LP, and digital download. ’2120′ features Thorogood’s raw, rocking turn on classics by a who’s-who of the blues, including Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and other Chess greats, as well as new original songs written by Thorogood, the album’s producer, Tom Hambridge, and Richard Fleming.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers have been recording and touring for more than 30 years. While in his teens in Delaware, Thorogood was turned on to Chess Records and the label’s genre-defining artist roster by the Rolling Stones.

“The first Rolling Stones album I bought, 12×5, included ’2120 South Michigan Avenue’,” says Thorogood. “I said, ‘I know I’ve heard this somewhere before …’ I wrote to Chess, they sent me a catalog, and my life was changed.”

Named for the address of Chess Records’ Chicago headquarters, 2120 South Michigan Avenue is produced by musician, songwriter and producer Tom Hambridge, a four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and 2010 GRAMMY winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Hambridge produced Buddy Guy’s Living Proof) and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award winner. The album’s featured guests include 2010 GRAMMY Award winners Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite.

The album opens with “Going Back,” a blistering new song written by Hambridge and Thorogood, setting the stage for Thorogood and The Destroyers to rip through classic Chess chestnuts including “High Heel Sneakers” (featuring Buddy Guy, who originally recorded the song for Chess), Willie Dixon’s “Seventh Son,” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Spoonful,” Chuck Berry’s “Let It Rock,” Muddy Waters’ “Two Trains Running,” Bo Diddley’s “Bo Diddley,” J.B. Lenoir’s “Mama Talk To Your Daughter,” Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Help Me,” Little Walter’s “My Babe” (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica), and Jimmy Rogers’ “Chicago Bound.” The album also features another new song by Hambridge and Thorogood, along with Nashville songwriter, Richard Fleming, titled “Willie Dixon’s Gone,” and the album’s closing title track, the Rolling Stones’ instrumental, “2120 South Michigan Avenue” (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica).

George Thorogood forged his signature sound of blues-infused rock & roll with the musical guidance he received from his Chess heroes. The Destroyers fought their way to the top, barging out of Delaware in the ’70s as a jarringly high-energy bunch (also featuring drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Billy Blough), playing raucous, slide guitar-stoked, blues-rock takes on tunes by Chuck Berry, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and others. Soon, they were touring and gigging with many of these statesmen of the blues, and learning invaluable lessons with every encounter.

“We were playing with these tough guys – these legends – away from their mean streets of Chicago. The audiences on the road were a real shift from the rough scene they fought through at home,” says Thorogood. “That’s the blues. That’s the education I got, hanging out day in and day out. There’s an incredible story behind the music – they’re speaking the truth.”

Thorogood is proud to honor Chess Records’ architects of modern blues and rock & roll, saying “Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley are religion to me. I know their ears and eyes are on me, so I have to nail it.”

2120 South Michigan Avenue producer Tom Hambridge says of Thorogood, “What’s makes this album so perfect for George is that he has been doing it authentically all along. He can deliver Howlin’ Wolf better than anybody, because he’s lived it. He’s not going to sing something he doesn’t believe in.”

The Destroyers have expanded through the years; the band now includes original members Simon and Blough, as well as guitarist Jim Suhler (a Texan who was brought aboard in 1999) and saxophonist Buddy Leach, who joined in 2003. Their latest album, 2009′s The Dirty Dozen, debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Blues Albums chart, fueled by the album’s #1 single, “Tail Dragger.” Thorogood is no stranger to ruling Billboard‘s Blues chart, as 2004′s Gold-certified Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock was the magazine’s #1 Blues Album for both 2004 and 2005, and the band’s 2006 studio album, The Hard Stuff, hit #2 on the chart. The band has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers will include some songs from 2120 South Michigan Avenue in setlists on their North American tour, which kicks off this week and includes stops this summer at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and South Dakota’s Sturgis Rally. Thorogood will debut several songs from the new album at Southern California’s Canyon Club on April 13, a concert that will be recorded for Westwood One’s “Superstar Concert Series” and later aired by more than 100 of the radio network’s affiliate stations across the U.S.


    George Thorogood and The Destroyers: 2120 South Michigan Avenue (CD, LP,
    1. Going Back (written by Tom Hambridge and George Thorogood)
    2. High Heel Sneakers (featuring Buddy Guy)
    3. Seventh Son
    4. Spoonful
    5. Let It Rock
    6. Two Trains Running
    7. Bo Diddley
    8. Mama Talk To Your Daughter
    9. Help Me
    10. My Babe (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
    11. Willie Dixon's Gone (written by Tom Hambridge, George Thorogood, and
     Richard Fleming)
    12. Chicago Bound
    13. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)

    George Thorogood - Guitars & Vocals
    Jeff Simon - Drums
    Bill Blough - Bass
    Jim Suhler - Rhythm & Lead Guitar
    Buddy Leach - Saxophone

    Produced by Tom Hambridge
    Executive Producer: Mike Donahue

    George Thorogood and The Destroyers: confirmed tour dates
    7          Napa, CA            Uptown Theatre Napa
    8          Coarsegold, CA      Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
    9          Brooks, CA          Cache Creek Casino Resort
    10         Turlock, CA         Turlock Community Theatre
    12         Salinas, CA         Fox Theatre
    13         Agoura Hills, CA    Canyon Club
    14         Alpine, CA          The DC At Viejas
    19         Tucson, AZ          Fox Tucson Theatre
                                    Austin City Limits Live at The
    21         Austin, TX           Moody Theater
                                    The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino /
    22         Catoosa, OK          Tulsa
    23         Fort Worth, TX      Billy Bob's Texas
    26         Houston, TX         House Of Blues
                                    Speaking Rock Entertainment
    28         El Paso, TX          Center
                                    Big Red Rib & Music Festival -
    29         Phoenix, AZ          University Of Phoenix
                                    Texas Station Gambling Hall &
    30         Las Vegas, NV        Hotel
    31         Los Angeles, CA     Greek Theatre
    3          Reno, NV            Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
    5          Tulalip, WA         Tulalip Amphitheatre
    6          Shelton, WA         Little Creek Casino
    7          Portland, OR        Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
    9          Spokane, WA         Knitting Factory Concert House
    11         Missoula, MT        Wilma Theatre
                                    Magic City Blues Festival -
    12         Billings, MT         Downtown Billings
                                    Sturgis Rally -The Legendary
    13         Sturgis, SD          Buffalo Chip
    16         Moorhead, MN        Bluestem Center For The Arts
    17         Apple Valley, MN    Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
    18         Milwaukee, WI       Northern Lights Theater
                                    Rockin' On The River -
    19         Detroit, MI          Renaissance Center
    24         Verona, NY          Turning Stone Casino
    27         Rama, ON            Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
    1-5        Miami, FL           "Rock Legends Cruise" / ZZ Top
                                    Royal Caribbean Cruise Line -
                                    "Liberty Of The Seas"


Source: newswire

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