Last month, Joe Walsh revealed that he was working on a very interesting, star-studded recording project when he tweeted some photos from the sessions that included Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, producer Don Was and other music luminaries. Now, the Eagles guitarist has shared some details about what apparently is the same the project in a new interview with Billboard.
“I’ll say, loosely, I’ve started a blues album,” Walsh explains, adding that the record will be made up of “real obscure R&B and blues songs,” as well as some new tunes.
“Half of it is original, and half of it’s old Howlin’ Wolf or John Lee Hooker,” he notes.
While Walsh makes no mention of Jagger, Starr or Withers, he does reveal that he’s collaborating with Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, veteran session drummer Jim Keltner and Jeff Beck bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, a few of whom also appear in one of the Twitter pics.
Divulging more information about the project, Joe says, “I told everybody to bring a song in and everybody did, be it an old blues song or some idea.” He adds that the material included “some old Stax records from, like, the Otis Redding days [and] Sam & Dave stuff that were just albums tracks.”
Walsh reports that “about 12 tracks” were done on the first go-round, and he’s expects to schedule another session before the album is completed. While he isn’t sure when the album might be ready for release, he’s hoping that when it does come out that some of the artists will assemble to play at some European jazz festivals.
Meanwhile, the guitar great also confirmed an interesting tidbit about the Eagles’ upcoming History of the Eagles tour. He says founding member Bernie Leadon, whom Joe replaced in the group, will be a special guest on the trek.
“Bernie’s brilliant,” Walsh tells Billboard. “I never really got a chance to play with him, but we’ve been in contact…I’m really glad he’s coming because it’s going to take the show up a notch, and I’m really looking forward to playing with him, finally.”
The Eagles’ trek kicks off July 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the moment, though, Joe is serving as the opening act on Bob Seger’s North American tour through an April 18 concert in Buffalo, New York.
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