Black Country Communion by Neil Zlozower

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock quartet comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release BCCIV via Mascot Records on September 22 2017. It’s the band’s first studio album since 2013’s Afterglow.

Just like its three predecessors, BCCIV was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalog includes hit albums for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey and The Black Crowes. Shirley is known as the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.

Black Country Communion by Christie Goodwin

The initiative for a new BCC album came from Joe Bonamassa, who contacted the band in 2016 to see if they would reconvene after quite a long break. Says Joe, “I just felt the time was right for Black Country Communion to go back into the studio and write and record a new album. When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right.”

The band assembled to record BCCIV at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in December 2016, and the album was mixed at Cave Studios in Sydney in March 2017. All songs were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa: Hughes wrote all the lyrics on BCCIV except for the song “The Last Song For My Resting Place” which was written by Bonamassa.

Black Country Communion

Hughes says, “A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.” The lead single is the Led Zeppelin-esque “Collide”.

Black Country Communion BCCIV Track Listing:

  1. “Collide”
  2. “Over My Head”
  3. “The Last Song For My Resting Place”
  4. “Sway”
  5. “The Cove”
  6. “The Crow”
  7. “Wanderlust”
  8. “Love Remains”
  9. “Awake”
  10. “When The Morning Comes”

Band portrait: Neil Zlozower/Noble PR

Live photos: Christie Goodwin/Noble PR