New George Thorogood & The Destroyers Album Pays Tribute to Chess Records and Blues Giants

B-b-b-b-bad to the bone...

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I'll never forget purchasing an LP from an unknown performer on a small, unfamiliar upstart label. The album was the auspicious debut release from George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and the upstart label, the great Rounder Records. That album, released in 1977, spent untold hours as a stationary fixture on the platter of my turntable before it finally gave way to another album. I don't remember what finally replaced it but it had to have been pretty damn good. In 1978, Rounder released Thorogood's next, Move It On Over, and the process began anew. Whatever album replaced that one, again, would have had to be an anticipated one.

After three excellent Rounder issues, George Thorogood eventually moved it on over to EMI as he climbed to greater fame as a fiery performer firmly rooted in the classic blues-infused rock and roll style. In 1982, EMI released Bad To the Bone, which contained what may arguably be his best known song, the title track, "Bad To The Bone." 

On July 12, EMI Records will release the 17th studio album from George Thorogood & The Destroyers. The album, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, is a 13-track blues/rock tribute album to one of the more famous addresses in rock and roll history, the Chicago address of Chess Records. Chess Records was home to many popular artists that included Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, and other blues luminaries.

On 2120 South Michigan Avenue, George Thorogood performs notable songs from some of these blues giants, including "Seventh Son" (Willie Dixon), "Let It Rock" (Chuck Berry), "Two Trains Running" (Muddy Waters), as well as a few Thorogood originals, penned with the help of others. Given the electric pulse that Thorogood normally performs these highly respected blues classics with, this new studio album should be a stunning one for fans.

2120 South Michigan Avenue will be released on CD, vinyl LP, and Digital Download.

1. Going Back [Tom Hambridge, George Thorogood]

2. High Heel Sneakers (featuring Buddy Guy)

3. Seventh Son

4. Spoonful

5. Let It Rock

6. Two Trains Running

7. Bo Diddley

8. Mama Talk to Your Daughter

9. Help Me

10. My Babe (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)

11. Willie Dixon's Gone [Tom Hambridge, George Thorogood, Richard Fleming]

12. Chicago Bound

13. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)

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Matt Rowe began his life with an AM radio, listening to anything that was considered music. Since, he has labored intently to build a collection of music, paring it down, rebuilding, and refining as he sees fit. His decided goal is to keep up with new music by panning for the nuggets among literal mountains…

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