By Larry Widen - On Milwaukee

After performing more than 8,000 shows in a career that spans 40 years, it's easy to envision George Thorogood on autopilot when he hits The Pabst Theater stage on Tuesday, May 30. After all, at age 67, the king of full-throttle slide guitar boogie has earned the right to take the intensity of his shows down a notch or two, right?

Nothing could be farther from the truth. The king himself dispelled any notion of turning in a low-energy show during a recent phone interview before he and his band, the Destroyers, bring their "Rock Party" tour to town.

"I am up and ready to rock and roll, not just for Milwaukee, but for every show," Thorogood said. "I worked hard to get where I am. I love my job. If I didn't, I'd quit."

Some of the audience members may be coming to see him for the first time, but many have been to one or more shows in the past. "It doesn't really matter," he said. "All those people are my employers. I work for them."

Thorogood was eager to talk about his new album, "Party of One," scheduled for release later this summer. It's the blues rocker's first album without the Destroyers, a project that began more than four decades ago.


By Walter Tunis

Contributing Music Critic - Lexington Herald-Leader

It has taken 40 years, but George Thorogood is finally set to release his first album.

Obviously, the Delaware rocker known for giving a contemporary voice to the music and inspirations of roots, blues and boogie stars from generations past has been touring and recording at an unrelenting pace since the 1970s. But that has been with his longstanding band the Destroyers. This summer, the guitarist and vocalist steps out without his wrecking crew for a record composed almost entirely of blues and roots-music standards cut entirely on his own. There are no embellishments and no band, just him. The album is titled “Party of One.”

In what amounts to a full-circle coincidence, the new record, due out Aug. 4, finds Thorogood back with Rounder Records, the label where he began his recording career in 1977.

“I wanted to do something like this originally,” he said. “Most people do start out as a solo deal — people like Bob Dylan, John Hammond, Bruce Springsteen. So did I. But I didn’t get Rounder’s ear until 1976. By that time, I had the band together. So we’ve been bouncing around for years about doing this. I just thought we’d better do it now or never. It’s kind of like, this is what I should have done before everything else. But I’m doing it now.”

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For the first time in his career, George Thorogood is releasing an album without his Destroyers.

Party of One, out on August 4 on Rounder Records, will feature fourteen tracks (fifteen on the CD edition) mixing traditional, classic and modern blues songs from artists as diverse as John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams and the Rolling Stones.

Produced by Jim Gaines, who has previously worked with Hooker, Luther Allison and Stevie Ray Vaughan along with a number of Thorogood’s albums, the album features Thorogood on, mainly, acoustic instruments including slide, Dobro and harmonica.

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Rounder Records has announced the first-ever solo album from blues-rock guitarist/vocalist George Thorogood. Titled Party of One, the album will be available worldwide on August 4, both digitally and at retail stores. The album will feature 14 cuts of traditional blues, classics and modern blues songs, from John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” to Hank Williams’ “Pictures from Life’s Other Side” and the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations.” The CD version of the album will also include a Robert Johnson bonus track, “Dynaflow Blues.” (Pre-order it here.)

Party of One was produced by Grammy-winner Jim Gaines (John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison and Stevie Ray Vaughan), who reunites with Thorogood on the debut solo project, having produced several of Thorogood’s biggest albums to date (Ride ‘Til I Die, The Hard Stuff, The Dirty Dozen). The album’s primarily acoustic instrumentation—including slide, Dobro, and harmonica—is performed entirely by Thorogood.

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