George Thorogood & the Destroyers are releasing a limited-edition 7" single for Record Store Day featuring two new recordings. The A-side features a cover of "Shot Down," originally recorded by legendary garage rockers The Sonics, backed with "Ain't Coming Home Tonight," an all new original penned by longtime Destroyers guitarist Jim Suhler and legendary producer Terry Manning (Al Green, Joe Walsh, Widespread Panic), with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines mixing the track. A download card will be included with each purchase.
The 7" single was engineered and produced by Shawn Berman, whose engineering credits range from Ice Cube to Guns N' Roses. Berman has engineered five George Thorogood & the Destroyers albums and Thorogood's 2017 solo release Party Of One.
"I wasn't aware of the song 'Shot Down' until my wife turned me onto it," Thorogood said. "Turns out it's a perfect Thorogood song. As for 'Ain't Coming Home Tonight,' Jim Suhler is a genius! I hope you dig these songs as much as I do."
A limited run of 1,650 copies of the single will be pressed on clear red vinyl and hand numbered by Third Man Pressing for Record Store Day, which will be celebrated at independent record stores throughout the United States and Canada on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
George Thorogood & the Destroyers have announced a series of tour dates in the United States and Canada that kick off on April 13 in Lincoln, Rhode Island. A complete list of tour dates is below. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
These dates come on the heels of Thorogood's first-ever solo album, Party of One, his fastest-selling album in nearly 20 years, which features acoustic interpretations of 14 of his favorite songs by artists such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan.
Praise for Party of One:
"Thorogood is a guitar-blazing revivalist whose enthusiasm and showmanship make the music fresh. - Baltimore Sun
"This guy plays with dirt under his fingernails, and he exudes the essence of the back road troubadour. Pick him up when he hitches a ride. Whew!" - Jazz Weekly
"This is a record that only a charismatic performer and interpreter could pull off." - American Songwriter
"It's (George's) guitar that remains the lifeblood connecting his fans to his musicianship." - American Blues Scene