Supersonic Blues Machine have revealed the Official Lyric Video for ‘All Our Love‘ featuring Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr. It is taken from their band-new studio album ‘Voodoo Nation‘ which will be released on 24 June via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
The album once again features another coming together of icons along with some of the most exciting names in blues; Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, Ana Popovic, Kirk Fletcher, King Solomon Hicks and Josh Smith. They have previously released the official video for ‘8 Ball Lucy‘ ft. Sonny Landreth, which you can watch here.
Talking about the rootsy rocker ‘All Our Love‘, Fabrizio Grossi says, “This Is the last song that came together for the album, almost unplanned. Big fires, protests, covid and all the of the world downfalls surfacing like never before. It got us to reflect on what it’d take to change all this for the better. I know it’s sounds cliche’, but Love is the answer ! Love for ourselves, the others, the planet and everything on it …with a big dose of Respect as well.”
At the core of the band is producer/bass player Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, George Clinton, Slash) and drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Meat Loaf, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Red Hot Chili Peppers) with British rocker Kris Barras replacing Lance Lopez as singer-guitarist. Barras has a recent UK Top 30 album chart hit in March himself, and he is leading the pack of the British hard rock revival with several A-list singles, BBC Radio appearances and sell-out shows.
Talking about the album Grossi goes on, “The general discontent in the world at the moment is so widespread, we get told to embrace it because that’s life,” says Fabrizio Grossi. “No, that’s not life,” he asserts. “It’s how we’re forced to live nowadays. Voodoo Nation refers to the times we’re living in, at least here in the States, but I guess the whole world can relate. We’re getting to the point where we’re living out life almost as Zombies. We’re little machines.”
But there is always hope, which is what Supersonic Blues Machine has always been about.
‘Voodoo Nation‘ is the band’s third studio album. On their evolution, Fabrizio says, “Kris comes from this British school of hard rock and blues. This is a different sound to Kenny and me with the Allman Brothers, Sly Stone & The Family & Mountain. On ‘Californisoul‘ (2017), we were going more West Coast Funkadelic 60s and overall jam vibe. Blues but with more of a hippy flower power.” “With Kris, we wanted his footprint there, so that’s why you hear Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Gary Moore. Kind of a Union Jack imprint over a Star-Spangled Banner.”
The lyrical front on ‘Voodoo Nation‘ is less forgiving than everything in the past. “I’m not saying fuck flower power because that’s always the message,” Grossi says. “But there are very introspective things and a lot of the theatrics that we are dealing with on this record which I would say are fairly common in the blues but are dealt with a twist. There is a lot of Devil’s stuff in this record.”
Louisiana slide-god Sonny Landreth features on the haunting ‘8 Ball Lucy‘. The song is a story about it being “easy to fall into temptation when you’re broken down and somebody comes along saying all the right things. That’s the true Devil, and she’s so good at playing her cards,” he says. The 8-minute ‘Devil at the Doorstep‘ features Eric Gales – whose recent album ‘Crown‘ was a #1 Blues Billboard hit. “With Eric, it can start as a 3-minute 12 bars Blues and morph into an epic Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused thing. I also think it’s a perfect soundtrack for a horror movie…If the story wasn’t real!” he adds.
They underline problems faced by musicians on ‘Coming Thru‘ and ‘Get It Done‘ – the latter features Josh Smith and ‘Do It Again‘ is another firecracker that rounds off the theme with Ana Popovic. Young Harlem blues-sensation King Solomon Hicks features on the call to arms ‘You and Me‘. The band’s trademark soulful blues sound can be heard beautifully on ‘I Will Let It Go‘, featuring Kirk Fletcher, and the sumptuous ‘Is It All‘ with the legendary Joe Louis Walker. The album closes with the inspirational Rootsy Rock ‘All Our Love‘ featuring Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr.
2. Too Late
3. Coming Thru
4. You And Me ft. King Solomon Hicks
5. Get It Done ft. Josh Smith
6. 8 Ball Lucy ft. Sonny Landreth
7. Devil at the Doorstep ft. Eric Gales
8. Is It All ft. Joe Louis Walker
9. Do It Again ft. Ana Popovic
10. I Will Let Go ft. Kirk Fletcher
11. Voodoo Nation
12. All Our Love ft. Charlie Starr