Peter Frampton will release his first blues collection, titled, All Blues on June 7th. The album, which is billed to the Peter Frampton Band, features his longtime road band Adam Lester on guitar and vocals; Rob Arthur on keyboards, guitar, and vocals; and fan favorite, drummer Dan Wojciechowski. Joining the Frampton Band on the set are special guests Larry Carlton, Sonny Landreth, and Steve Morse. “I Just Want To Make Love To You” — featuring Kim Wilson — is the first song to be released from the new album, and is available now with digital album pre-orders.
Frampton explained how the new album came to be, “I have always loved to play the blues. When we formed Humble Pie, the first material we played together was just that. For the last two summers I had been playing a handful of blues numbers every night on stage with Steve Miller Band. I enjoyed this immensely and it gave me the idea of doing an All Blues album live in the studio with my band. We started the resulting sessions nine days after coming off the road last year. Over a two-week period, we recorded 23 tracks, all live in the studio. The energy of these tracks is completely different from building a track one instrument at a time. With this recording, we pay tribute to all the original artists who invented this incredible music. I hope you can hear and feel our enjoyment. I’m not sure if you can say we had fun playing the blues. But we definitely did.”
Peter Frampton told us it was the critical acclaim he received for his 2006 Grammy Award-winning instrumental set Fingerprints that hit the creative reset button on his career: “As everything happens to me and my career, so far, things are sort of like a germ of an idea and then it, it sort of builds from there. Fingerprints is a huge milestone for me and helped me inordinately accept my career before — for what it's worth — because it was the first independent success I had had that had nothing to do with with (Frampton) Comes Alive whatsoever — and I get critical acclaim for it.”
Frampton, who's never stopped writing, recording, and touring since splitting with Humble Pie in 1971, admitted to us that he's constantly amazed with whom he's gotten to make music with over the years: “People like myself that have been doing it for this long, I think it's because we're such a fan of everybody else. You never forget the people that really influenced you at the beginning and throughout your career. So from Hank Marvin to Pearl Jam (laughs), y'know, I got to play with all these people. And it's such an honor to realize that they want to play with me. I've been exceedingly lucky. I appreciate the talent I was given. I've never phoned it in.”
According to the press release, “The vinyl will be available as a double LP and also as a limited edition translucent blue color pressing exclusively at PeterFrampton.com. The double LP will include the bonus track 'I Feel So Good,' which was written by Big Bill Broonzy and popularized by Muddy Waters.”
In February, Peter Frampton announced the initial dates of his final tour and revealed on CBS This Morning that he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus, that slowly weakens the body's muscles. Frampton was diagnosed over three years ago, after a series of falls that were out of character for him.
Frampton kicks the trek off on June 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with dates on the books through October 12th in Concord, California. Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening will open most of the shows on the tour with Frampton's son Julian Frampton on board as special guest for eight gigs.