Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed and you have the most exciting new band of 2014.
Built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham, with the addition of the 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt, as Hughes says: “California Breed is real rock’n’roll – but made for right now.”
One listen to standout tracks like first single ‘Midnight Oil‘ will confirm that. Deeper grooves than a monster tyre track, more funk than a roomful of bad-asses, this is rock that knows how to roll. That writes its’ own rules. That just don’t care, baby.
But that’s only one side of the story. On the flip you’ve got something like ‘All Fall Down’, a song so beautiful, so soulful and strange and touched by magic, it will make your radio cry.
As Andrew Watt says: “Getting to play with these legends has given me wings. I don’t really believe in luck. For me, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. And if you’re prepared and you’re met with the opportunity, you rise to the occasion. That’s what California Breed has been like for me. So that we’ve come out with something I’m really, really proud of.”
And when Watt calls Hughes and Bonham ‘legends’, he ain’t kidding. The breakout star of mid-70s Deep Purple, the man they call the Voice of Rock, Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Bonham.
As the son of Zeppelin legend John Bonham, Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer.
When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few.
Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt.
“Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain‘ and the other was ‘Solo‘, both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.”
“I was excited from the start,’ says Jason, “because apart from locking in as a rhythm section, Glenn and I had started writing together in BCC, and we wanted to continue that.”
“There was such energy in the room the first time we all played together, me and Glenn didn’t even have to talk about it,” says Jason. “He was so exited to be playing, though, it was infectious! He was just on stage! No going through the motions, kicking the chair over, everything! I was like, you know what, this kid is a free spirit. It was cool, we all just clicked straight away.”
“Nothing though has gotten into my blood like California Breed,” says Glenn. “I feel the same way,” says Jason, “I feel like a kid again starting out.”
Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn.
“I’d gotten into Dave’s work via the Rival Sons, who I know and really love. But Dave has done a lot of great stuff. That whole Nashville trip which Dave is a part of. Well, me and Jason don’t want to sound like anyone else, we already sound like ourselves, but we felt we needed some fresh energy – and Dave absolutely brought it.”
At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it.”
For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.
“I’m the oddball of the group but I’m the thing that makes us different from any other classic rock band. I grew up loving grunge music,” explains Andrew. “But my father always played me The Who and The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. I always felt like I was in the wrong generation. I used to make rock music on my own and I’d play all the instruments because I could never find anyone my age that really got it the way I heard it. Then I got to play with Jason and Glenn and I haven’t picked up anything but a guitar since!”
“What we’ve got here is a kid who isn’t a hammer-on, virtuoso,” says Glenn, “but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie’s records, as well as Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin. He has a completely different take. And it’s fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood.”
That’s the thing about breeds. They go all the way back, in order to bring forth something new. Be the first to hitch your horse to the California Breed wagon.
They’re heading straight for the bright colored sun…
Glenn Hughes will join a host of fellow musicians to celebrate the life of good friend and fellow Deep Purple MK III / MK IV member, the late Jon Lord, at the The Sunflower Jam charity’s event, ‘Celebrating Jon Lord‘, to be held at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on Friday, April 4th, 2014.
Glenn states: “Jon and I were very close at the end of his life. I’m so glad to announce that I will perform at Jon’s tribute show in London at The Royal Albert Hall. My manager and I have been working with Jon’s manager, Tarquin and Jacky Paice and Vicky, Jon’s wife, so that I could clear my schedule to appear ~ to thank Jon and our MK 3 & 4 fans for their love… so glad to announce this to you.
I will play with Paicey and the guys for Jon at the Royal Albert Hall. I had to move some things around to make it happen. When Jon joined me onstage at the O2 / Childline show in ’09 / the hairs on my arms were raised… the greatest rock Hammond player of the 20th/21st century!”
Other performers on the bill for the evening of celebration include Paul Weller, Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman, Alfie Boe, Joe Brown, The Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann and many, many more.
Tickets for the event can be found @ www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/jon-lord
Glenn Hughes has just wrapped up his time in a Nashville, Tennessee, USA recording studio with new music for a new band he has put together over the past few months, which will also include a special guest appearance by Julian Lennon on a duet with him, with a projected release in May 2014.
“Jules is the ONE who helped me put our new band together. We all love you Jules. Yes. Jules and I are singing together on the new Nashville album. He is in Monaco. We sent him the files last night ~ which he recorded in record time. We received them back 4 hours ago! Trust me. Jules is the real dang deal…”
“The One & Only Glenn Hughes et Moi, singing together for the first time ever last night. Even if we are 4746 Miles apart… Technology Today… Who would have thought…”
Glenn Hughes will be appearing at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, California, USA on January 24th and January 25th for Signing and Meet ‘n Greet sessions.
Friday, January 24th:
– Samson Technologies : Booth 4828 Hall C – 4:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, January 25th:
– Orange Amps : Booth 4890 Hall C – 2:00PM-3:00PM
– Samson Technologies : Booth 4828 Hall C – 4:00PM-5:00PM
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
He’s been keeping us up to date with day-to-day Studio reports via his various Social Media outlets, but you can now follow along too by visiting this link!
The Glenn Hughes Facebook Fan Page has reached a milestone of over 100,000 fans liking and following everything that Glenn is up to day-to-day!
Glenn thanks everyone and made a video message to show his appreciation.
Be sure and head over there and join in the fun!
Kings of Chaos are an all-star touring project that features Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Steve Stevens along with Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan. Their only North American show of 2013 will be November 18th in Los Angeles at Avalon Hollywood for a benefit gig called ‘Tokyo Celebrates the Dolphin’.
In addition to the band members above, the show will include special guests including Juliette Lewis, Les Stroud (from TV’s ‘Survivorman‘) and actor Gary Dourdan. Kings of Chaos will play a two hour set of hits from its various members. Tickets for the show are available here.
Proceeds from ‘Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin‘ will go to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, an international organization dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation. “This is a rehearsal for the BIG one,” says O’Barry. “We plan on taking ‘Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin‘ to Japan. We’ll add a few Japanese friends to our lineup and rock the socks off Tokyo.”
“There isn’t a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands,” O’Barry continues. “Dolphins are respected and protected in this part of Japan. It’s the opposite of Taiji, but very few people know about it. ‘Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin‘ will hopefully change this by bringing positive, international media attention to what is right about Japan.”
“I’m thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans,” adds Sorum. “The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved.”
The band toured South and Central America last year under the moniker Rock ‘N’ Roll All Stars. As Kings of Chaos they played in Australia earlier this year, and will be touring South America in November.
Glenn Hughes will perform a song with a string quartet at the Wedding of former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver & Kings Of Chaos drummer, Matt Sorum later this month.
Sorum will marry his longtime girlfriend Adriane “Ace” Harper on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 in Palm Springs, California.
Glenn Hughes is a guest vocalist on the September 16th (Europe) / September 24th (USA) release from Gov’t Mule, on their long awaited new album; “SHOUT!“.
Glenn is featured on the song, No Reward.
This is not just a new album, but a very large and unique project with an all-star lineup of vocalists.
Other guest musicians include STEVE WINWOOD, MYLES KENNEDY, DAVE MATTHEWS, ELVIS COSTELLO, BEN HARPER to name but a few!
UPDATE: You can now listen to the entire album @ Listening Booth on MSN Music.
The release will contain 2 CDs; the first of which is the primary album “SHOUT!” with 11 tracks and the second, consists of the same 11 tracks but played with guest vocalists.
Disc 1: All songs performed by Gov’t Mule
1. World Boss
2. No Reward
3. Whisper In Your Soul
5. Scared To Live
6. Stoop So Low
7. Forsaken Savior
8. Done Got Wise
9. When The World Gets Small
10. Funny Little Tragedy
11. Bring On The Music
1. World Boss w/ Ben Harper
2. Funny Little Tragedy w/ Elvis Costello
3. Stoop So Low w/ Dr. John
4. Captured w/ Jim James
5. Whisper In Your Soul w/ Grace Potter
6. Scared To Live w/ Toots Hibbert
7. No Reward w/ Glenn Hughes
8. Bring On The Music w/ Ty Taylor
9. Forsaken Savior w/ Dave Matthews
10. Done Got Wise w/ Myles Kennedy
11. When The World Gets Small w/ Steve Winwood
88.7-WMMT-FM in Whitesburg, Kentucky will host a “Glenn Hughes Spotlight” including a brand new full length interview with Glenn during their Sunday night, “The Rock Show“, broadcast at www.wmmt.org …on Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at 10:00PM ET (7:00PM PT). The show is hosted by Greg Napier.
You can also listen online via their website, by clicking on the “Listen Live!” image at the top right of their website.