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Randy Bachman Planning to Release "Heavy Blues" Album in 2015 Featuring Neil Young, Frampton & Other Stars

Image Courtesy of Mike HoughRandy Bachman recently released a new concert CD/DVD called Every Song Tells a Story that features the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive rocker looking back at the famous songs from his long and successful career.  Now, however, the 70-year-old Canadian star says he's looking ahead to a brand-new project that will feature fresh original tunes, a bunch of well-known guest guitarists and a new backing band.

Bachman tells ABC News that he's recording a new blues album that he's planning to call Heavy Blues, which he expects to release in March 2015.  Among the stars he's tapped to contribute to the record are his old pal Neil Young, Peter Frampton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, contemporary blues whiz Joe Bonamassa and Scott Holiday from the modern-rock act Rival Sons.  In addition, Randy reveals that the release will include a live collaboration between him and the late Jeff Healey that Healey's wife gave to him.

Bachman reports, "I've already mixed half the album, which will include 12 songs."  He adds, "It absolutely blows me away."

The singer/guitarist says one of his main inspirations for the album was Young, who made a suggestion when Randy told him he had signed a new worldwide record deal that would allow him to do anything he wanted.

"He said, 'Take some advice.  Don't do the same old crap and call it something new,'" Bachman recalls.  "I said, 'What do you mean?'  He said, 'Don't do the same thing and say it's a new album…Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.'  And I go, 'OK, great advice.'"

Randy tells ABC News Radio that he then set about finding new musicians to back him, and initially considered recording with just a drummer, like The White Stripes or The Black Keys.  Inevitably, though, he decided to include a bassist too.  He eventually settled on two very talented Canadian female musicians, drummer Dale Anne Brendon and bassist Anna Ruddick.

"They are just amazing," gushes Bachman.  "And at times we sound like The Who and we sound like Cream live and we sound like [Led] Zeppelin.  And at times it sounds like me, and when they redo my old songs like 'American Woman' and 'Takin' Care of Business' it's a whole new life, because it's a whole new rhythm section."

The album is being produced by Kevin Shirley, whose resume includes releases by Journey, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden and Bonamassa, among many others.  Randy says Shirley encouraged him to write new songs for the project rather than redo some blues standards.

"He said, 'They've all been redone,'" notes Bachman.  "You're a great songwriter.  Take old templates and rewrite them and change them and make something new."

Bachman tells ABC News Radio that he's very excited to hit the road with his new group and new set of songs come 2015.  First up, though, is a Canadian fall tour with his current band that launches on October 14 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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