Dualtone/Decca Records are due to release ‘CHUCK’ the final album from the rock music pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer CHUCK BERRY who passed this March.
These are the first new recordings in nearly four decades by possibly the greatest of all of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding figures. The album will be released 9th June, and a new video to album track ‘Big Boys’ [see below] accompanies the release.
Comprising of ten new recordings, eight written by Berry, ‘Chuck’ is his first new album since 1979’s ‘Rock It.’
It was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around the neighbourhood of St. Louis and features his long-time home-town backing group — including children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica, vocals) and with Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist for forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) — the artists who supported him for nearly two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club.
The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff and Chuck’s grandson Charles Berry III. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley contributes the liner notes.
We listened to the first single “Big Boys” —
Squirts of guitar and tinkling piano help locomote this simple pleaser. A dancing, prancing rock ‘n’ roller from the eternal godfather of rock and roll himself. Good clean lines, good clean rhythms, what else do you want? I believe this is the sound he was looking for...
NEW ALBUM ‘CHUCK’ OUT 09th JUNE