Guitar legend Bernie Marsden will be releasing his brand-new album ‘Kings’ through Conquest Music, on 23rd July, 2021 (available on all digital platforms’; also, available to pre-order now, a Special Limited Edition Digipak CD, accompanied by a 16-page booklet). All pre orders to Bernie’s site will get a signed CD of ‘Kings’ and a free limited edition Bernie Marsden ‘Kings’ plectrum.
Only orders via Bernie’s website qualify for this, and offer ends on release day, 23rd July.
It’s Bernie’s first solo album in 7 years and sure to delight his fans and lovers of blues, rock and more besides.
Many will know Bernie Marsden as a founder member of Whitesnake — one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Since leaving Whitesnake, almost 40 years ago, Bernie has forged an impressive solo career. He is undeniably one of the premier British blues guitarists.
Most recently, Bernie partnered with Joe Bonamassa to co-write his hit album, ‘Royal Tea’. “Underestimate Bernie Marsden at your peril,” warns Joe Bonamassa, “because as a singer, he’ll kick your ass; as a player, he’ll kick your ass; and as a songwriter, he’ll definitely kick your ass!”
The ‘Inspirations Series’ is being released as a new collaboration between Conquest Music and Bernie Marsden’s Little House Music. The sequence of albums will be released by Conquest Music, wherein Bernie Marsden pays tribute to the songs and artists which helped shape his own hugely influential career as a composer and guitarist.
The inspiration for ‘Inspirations’ comes from Summer 2018. Bernie was invited to join Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top on stage with the Supersonic Blues Machine. After the soundcheck, Billy played Bernie an album by American blues singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson, and posed a question… “Bernie,” Billy asked, “wouldn’t it be great if we could all record the songs we grew up with as we learned to play the guitar?” His imagination fired, Bernie set about compiling a list, and the ‘Inspirations Series’ was born.
‘Kings’ — the first of the sequence — is a stunning album that’s going to wow blues lovers in particular. It features 10 classic blues songs, originally recorded by the legendary Albert, B.B. & Freddie King. These, Bernie has recorded in a studio in Oxfordshire, aided and abetted by a talented band that just locked into a natural groove. ‘Kings’ is chockful of high calibre blues and soul. Fit for a King, indeed. Or three!
What’s more, two Bernie Marsden-penned instrumentals — inspired by the Kings — appear as bonus tracks on the album.
The next album in the ‘Inspirations Series‘ — ‘Chess’ — will be out later this year and stands as a homage to recordings released on the legendary Chicago-based label.
Bernie has recorded a special video message about his new album:
You’ll hear tempting tastes of blues excellence, while Bernie tells the tale behind the album and series, catch glimpses of Bernie on stage with Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, and hear about some of the special perks for CD copies from Bernie Marsden’s website, where ‘Kings’ is now available for pre-order. Check out Bernie’s video message and his website where you’ll find the opportunity to pre-order a CD (with exclusive perks) of a top-quality album, inspired by the Kings of the blues, played by a virtuoso master of the form. ‘Kings’ will also be released on all digital platforms on 23rd July, 2021 and watch out for ‘Chess‘ later in the year.
Pre-Order ‘Kings‘: Here