Brian Setzer at Tallbird Record Shop

BRIAN SETZER Ready to Rumble

Three time Grammy Award winner guitarist, singer, and songwriter  BRIAN SETZER will release his first solo album in seven years, titled “Gotta Have The Rumble”  on August 27th via Surfdog Records

You will know him from his time with the 1950s-style rockabilly group Stray Cats.

In 1987, Setzer made a cameo appearance playing Eddie Cochran in the film La Bamba.

 I still have the same passion for going fast and adrenaline…

The iconic songwriter has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.

Gotta Have The Rumble cover

Along with the announcement of the album, Setzer has also released an animated video for the album opener, titled “Checkered Flag

Setzer says: “Obviously, it’s a reference to my motorcycles and hot rods, something that hasn’t changed since I was 15 years old, I still have the same passion for going fast and adrenaline.”

“But it’s also about my hearing problem with tinnitus–the ringing of the ear. It was pretty bad, and I realized that I couldn’t play the way I wanted to. As I recovered, standing in front of a small amplifier just didn’t cut it. The sound from my big amp makes the guitar rumble. Which is a big part of my sound. I was really despondent for a while because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do that again. So, ‘Gotta Have The Rumble’ refers to both of those things….”

Checkered Flag (video shared below) is a pattering ‘n’ juddering jive tank-full of spratter, bop and witty persiflage.

Yep, this number is friskier than a boogaloo showgirl gyrating on a Studebaker hot-bonnet!

Gotta Have The Rumble is out August 27th via Surfdog Records.

File alongside: The Cramps


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