Ahead of their appearance at Ramblin' Man Fair, The Quireboys have unveiled details of their tenth studio album.
Released on Friday 5th September via Off Yer Rocka Recordings, ‘White Trash Blues’ boasts unique cover versions of blues classics from legends including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and Billy Boy Arnold.
The idea for the record came about after the Quireboys were booked in to play their upcoming penultimate Blues Stage slot at Ramblin Man’ Fair on Sunday 30th July.
“When Spike and I met Chris Ingham from Ramblin’ Man Fair he floated the idea of doing a blues set at this year’s festival and we loved the idea,” explains guitarist Guy Griffin.
“Why not do something different to the norm? And at that point we sensed an opportunity to make a blues record. All of the guys are great musicians - as a band we can play anything. I suppose the trick was giving these blues classics a unique twist and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”
“The album came together very organically but they are songs everyone has played at different times over the years and they feel like they’re part of our history,” adds guitarist Paul Guerin.
“There are a few leftfield choices and we love that but it’s always great to give the classics a go. We’re naturally suited to playing the blues but let’s be honest - once Spike starts singing they all sound like they could be Quireboys songs. And they can be!”
Keyboardist and blues aficionado Keith Weir said the record was a sheer joy to put together.
“Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved the blues. I used to buy The Blues Collection magazine back in the 90s - I’ve still got all of those CDs. It’s a genre that I’ve always loved and doing this album was a dream come true,” Keith said.
“We didn’t just want to do carbon copies of these great old songs but at the same time we wanted to pay due respect to the people behind the songs. I think we’ve managed to strike the right balance.”
Together with ‘White Trash Blues’, The Quireboys will also release the three-track ‘Leaving Trunk EP’, featuring the bonus tracks ‘Champagne and Reefer’ and ‘Rollin and Tumblin’, digitally on Tuesday 1st August.
The White Trash Blues track-listing is as follows:
Cross Eyed Cat
I wish You Would
Take Out Some Insurance
Shame Shame Shame
I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
I'm a King Bee
Walking the Dog
The Leaving Trunk EP track-listing is:
Champagne and Reefer
Rollin and Tumblin
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