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Savoy Brown Ain’t Done Yet

Following hot on the heels of last year’s City Night, the legendary Savoy Brown declare they’re only just getting started and will release their latest album, Ain’t Done Yet, on 28th August through Quarto Valley Records.

One of the longest running blues rock bands in existence, having been founded in the UK back in 1965 as part of the British rhythm & blues boom that led directly to the British blues explosion in 1968, alongside the likes of Cream and Fleetwood Mac, they are still led from the front by guitarist/vocalist Kim Simmonds.

A resident of the USA since 1980, Simmonds has been enshrined on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame and accepted numerous Halls of Fame accolades across the USA and Canada. Savoy Brown having played Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East and West, alongside London’s Royal Albert Hall in their time, while having racked up 41 albums, and made the charts down the years.

The new album continues the approach I’ve been taking with the band this past decade,” said Simmonds. “The big difference with the new album is the multi-layer approach I took to recording the guitar parts. It’s all blues-based rock music. I try to find new and progressive ways to write and play the music I’ve loved since I was a young teenager.”

Simmonds is joined on Ain’t Done Yet, by long-running Savoy Brown bandmates Pat DeSalvo (bass) and Garnet Grimm (drums).

Ain’t Done Yet was recorded at Showplace Studios, Dover, New Jersey. I produced the album and worked closely with studio owner and engineer Ben Elliott. It’s a studio I’ve used many times before and it has a rich history of blues rock musicians recording there including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Leslie West,” said the guitarist.

“This is the sixth album I’ve made with Ben Elliott since the 1990s, and on previous ones I’ve had various guests join me including Hubert Sumlin, Lonesome Dave Peverett and Duke Robillard,” he continued. “Shortly after making Ain’t Done Yet, Ben Elliot died. I have dedicated the new album to him. It will be the last album recorded at Showplace Studios.”

Bruce Quarto, QVR founder and CEO said, “Quarto Valley Records is honoured to continue working with Savoy Brown on this second QVR release, Ain’t Done Yet, which is now one of my all-time favourites. Its full of great energy that is the trademark of all their blues rock music. Everyone who hears it will immediately agree that Savoy Brown ain’t nowhere near done yet.”

Energetic blues having been the calling card of the band from the beginning, Simmonds is  said to have delivered some serious guitar chops – in a variety of styles and roots sounds that transcend the blues bock idiom on this album,

“I emphasized song content on the new album, and left room for band improvisation,” he admitted. “For instance, there are two acoustic-based songs and also two six-minute songs where I’m able to stretch out on guitar solos.” “

Ain’t Done Yet kicks-off in high gear with the album’s first radio focus track, ‘All Gone Wrong’. “It’s one of my favourites on the album,” declared Simmonds. It’s followed by ‘Devil’s Highway’, ‘River On The Rise’, ‘Borrowed Time’, ‘Ain’t Done Yet’, ‘Feel Like A Gypsy’, ‘Jaguar Car’, ‘Rockin’ in Louisiana’, ‘Soho Girl’ and ‘Crying Guitar’.

Both CD and vinyl editions of the album can be pre-ordered from Amazon by clicking here.

Savoy Brown intend to support the release of Ain’t Done Yet with a late summer tour that will extend through 2021.

Savoy Brown by Juan Junco.
Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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