Former Joan Jett & the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd recently finished recording a new solo album — the follow-up to 2017’s Clean Getaway — although the veteran rocker says he won’t be ready to release it for a while.
To tide fans over, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has debuted one of the new tracks, “Together,” on his official SoundCloud page.
In a Facebook message, Byrd says the song features “a message of solidarity in these uncertain times,” while noting that “the message is dressed up in a big a** R’n’R Glam tune.”
The other musicians featured on “Together” are ex-Blackhearts drummer Thommy Price, longtime Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes keyboardist Jeff Kazee and veteran bassist Bob Stander.
Regarding when the new album might see the light of day, Byrd says, “[T]here is much to be done before an official release, and in my opinion this is not the time to go there. I want to do it right so hurry up and wait is where we are.”
Having said that, Ricky is offering fans who pre-order the CD at his online store a streaming copy of all the tracks he’s recorded for the project, “in no particular order.”
As he explains, “Chances are they won’t all wind up in the final cut, so you’re basically getting bonus tracks to hold you until I can get the CD out.”
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