Guitarist and singer-songwriter, Troy Redfern, dubbed as Britain’s “King of slide guitar“, releases ‘Sanctify‘ his new single and music video on Friday August 6th; the same day as has his new album ‘The Fire Cosmic‘.
‘Sanctify‘ is the third single taken from ‘The Fire Cosmic‘. It follows hot on the heels of his previous single ‘Ghosts‘ which was playlisted on Planet Rock with spot plays on many other radio stations.
Written on a beat up 1929 National Triolian Resonator, ‘Sanctify‘ is described by Troy as a “heavy blues-billy boogie stomp”.
‘Sanctify‘ epitomises everything that Troy Redfern does best – honest heavy-weight blues – John Lee Hooker riﬀs on steroids, thunderous bass by Dave Marks and the ‘foot to the ﬂoor’ drums of Darby Todd.
The new album, ‘The Fire Cosmic‘, follows five unprecedented albums that Troy released in 2020. It was recorded at the legendary Rockﬁeld Studios in North Wales, the same studio where Queen recorded all their early albums including Sheer Heart Attack (1974) followed by A Night At The Opera (1975) – the latter featuring the legendary Bohemian Rhapsody.
For the recording of the new album, Troy enlisted one of the best rhythm sections in the UK, including the legendary Darby Todd on drums (The Darkness, Robben Ford, Martin Barre, Paul Gilbert), virtuoso bass guitarist Dave Marks (Hans Zimmer), and guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns ‘N Roses, Asia, Sons of Apollo), in what Troy describes as “the ultimate dream team” what is arguably the British guitarist’s most distinctive and powerful release to date.
Says Troy, “I chose Rockﬁeld Studios because so much of the music I grew up listening to was recorded at this legendary studio (Queen, Black Sabbath, Mott The Hoople). The studio is hallowed ground for every musician, and the rooms there are charged with so much magic and history of all the iconic, classic albums that have been produced there.”
“It was important for me to capture the raw energy of three guys playing live in the same place, at the same time. That’s something that you just can’t get if you’re sending ﬁles from diﬀerent locations, it doesn’t have the same vibe or feel if you do it that way.”
“As soon as we arrived at Rockﬁeld, everyone, including Darby and Dave who’ve recorded all over the world, were excited to be there,” continues Troy. “It’s that kind of place. It has that eﬀect on every musician who records there. Even before we started recording, the energy and vibe was there, which deﬁnitely set the tone for the entire album.”
Troy cut his teeth and reﬁned his style over the last few years, playing festival main stages and blazing a trail across Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. He’s also become a well-known draw on the UK Blues Rock festival circuit, playing alongside rock luminaries including Robert Plant.
“Troy is a passionate, intense, free-spirited musician whose ferocious slide guitar style twists and turns timeless themes and ideas to his own ends. He’s a musical visionary unafraid to trample on the boundaries of restricting labels,” said Blues Matters Magazine.
The forthcoming studio album is a culmination everything Troy has learnt so far on his musical journey, and, more importantly, brings into sharp focus a much tighter song-writing and more visceral, muscular production style.
For production duties, Troy enlisted the Brighton- based producer Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley, best known for his epic rock production style, and whom Troy met and had worked with previously on the 2019 RHR album, ‘Hotel Toledo‘. Troy and Win bonded immediately, and shared the same musical aesthetic, no nonsense work ethic and dry sense of humour.
Rockﬁeld’s vintage mics, mixing desk, and analogue outboard gear gave Win options to capture the dynamic performances on the album. “It was like being a kid in a candy store,” says Win.
“It was important for the album to sound massive,” says Troy. “It was a much bigger sound than anything that I’ve released before. As soon as we heard the ﬁrst takes in the control, we were blown away. We knew that we captured something special. It sounded fantastic.”
“For the session, Darby Todd brought his vintage Ludwig Vistalite acrylic drums of John Bonham fame. The drums are renowned for sounding massive. Hearing them in one of the best drum rooms in the world, they sounded out of this world! Roger Taylor’s drums recorded for Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack album at Rockﬁeld are some of my favourite drum sounds ever.”
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal states, “It all starts with the drums, if you’ve got a great drummer, great sounding room, great board, it’s going to sound phenomenal, and it does!”
“I met Ron at a festival in Poland that we were both playing at, we immediately hit it oﬀ,” recalls Troy. “He let me use his signature double neck guitar to play on Anthony Gomes encore set at the festival, that was an absolute blast. He’s such a cool, generous guy. When I returned to the UK, I emailed him to ask if he’d like to play on my new album. He was totally ﬁred up to do it.”
Troy continues, “The album really is a step up. It’s the best album I’ve made. Hiring Rockﬁeld, getting the best players, the best producer – it was a risk, but it paid oﬀ tenfold. I’ve made an album I really couldn’t be happier with.”
“With all the hard work that went into getting this album to sound as great as possible, there was only one option when it came to mastering. I decided to hire Frank Arkwright (Biﬀy Clyro, Oasis, Iggy Pop, Paul Weller, System of a Down). Frank is the senior mastering engineer at Abbey Road Studios. The mastering at Abbey Road added that ﬁnal sheen. Frank did an absolutely amazing job in bringing out every nuance of the recording.”
“When it came to the album artwork, I was originally going to get an artist from Brazil to do it for me, however, I started working on some artwork of my own in the silver age Marvel comics style, based on the four guys that were on the album. I posted a few visuals on the socials and was overwhelmed by the response.
It was a huge kick getting responses from Joe Satriani, Richie Kotzen and my slide guitar hero Denny Walley of Frank Zappa fame. As a result, I created my own comic-style illustrations to package the album.”
Troy Redfern – Vocals, Guitars
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal – Guitars (TRACK 5)
Darby Todd – Drums
Dave Marks = Bass, Piano, Keys, Percussion
Recorded & mixed at Rockfield Studios by Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley
Assistant Engineer – Joe Jones
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios
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Troy Redfern On Tour With Robert Jon & The Wreck:
Cardiff, The Globe
Thursday 16 September 2021
Sittingbourne, The Bourne Music Club
Friday 17 September 2021
Chester, Live Rooms
Saturday 18 September 2021
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 19 September 2021
Newcastle, The Cluny
Monday 20 September 2021
Manchester, Night & Day
Tuesday 21 September 2021
Nottingham, The Bodega
Wednesday 22 September 2021
London, The 100 Club
Thursday 23 September 2021
Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
Friday 24 September 2021
Aberdeen, Cafe Drummond
Saturday 25 September 2021
Hartlepool, South Durham Steel Works Club
Sunday 26 September 2021
Troy Redfern On Tour With Willie & The Bandits:
March/April 2022 UK Tour
Friday 4 March 2022
Old Bakery, Truro
Saturday 5 March 2022
Sunday 6 March 2022
The Musician, Leicester
Wednesday 9 March 2022
The Flowerpot, Derby
Thursday 10 March 2022
The Bullingdon, Oxford
Friday 11 March 2022
Saturday 12 March 2022
Wednesday 16 March 2022
Thursday 17 March 2022
Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Friday 18 March 2022