Randy Bachman Is Diggin’ The Blues

Randy Bachman, the man who rocked the world as the guitarist/co-founder of The Guess Who and in his own band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will venture forth in April in support of a new album.

A little bit of Bachman’s musical DNA still trickles down from the 1970s to influence today’s bands.  With a catalog that includes mega-influential hits such as “Takin’ Care Of Business,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and The Guess Who’s “American Woman,” Bachman not only influenced the budding guitarists growing up during that decade but his signature riffs have survived the decades and are as instantly recognizable today as they were when played on ’70s radio stations.

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Now Bachman is turning his attention to the music he has always loved.  His new album, Bachman Heavy Blues, arrives in stores and online April 14.  Released under the moniker “Bachman,” the album features Ladies Of The Canyon veteran Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendon on drums.

Not only did Bachman assemble an all-star guest list for the album, including Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa and Robert Randolph, but he managed to reach back in time and grab a guitar solo from Jeff Healey, the ace axeman who succumbed to cancer in 2008.  The album was produced by Kevin Shirley, who has worked with several top-flight bands including Rush, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden.

“I’ve known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends,” Bachman said.  “I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads.”

At this time, Bachman’s first set of 2015 U.S. dates is a short list and includes shows in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Connecticut and New York.  Here’s the schedule:

April 1 – Milwaukee, Wis., The Northern Lights Theater
April 2 – Saint Charles, Ill., Arcada Theatre
April 4 – Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
April 24 – Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse
April 25 – New York, N.Y., The Concert Hall At The New York Society for Ethical Culture

Expect more shows to be announced.  Check out RandyBachman.com for more details.

And be sure to revisit Pollstar’s 2014 interview with Randy Bachman via this link.