Joe Walsh Working on Blues Album
Joe Walsh is at work on a follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 solo album, Analog Man. Speaking to Billboard.com, the Eagles guitarist said the album will mix original material with “real obscure R&B and blues songs.” Pitching in on the project are some high-profile guests, including Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Keb' Mo', Jim Keltner and Jeff Beck bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. “I’ll say, loosely, I’ve started a blues album,” Walsh said. “Half of it is original, and half of it is old Howlin' Wolf or John Lee Hooker. I told everybody to bring a song in and everybody did, be it an old blues song or some idea. We went through some old Stax records from, like, the Otis Redding days, Sam & Dave stuff that were just albums tracks, and did our version of a whole bunch of stuff." Walsh added that he doesn’t yet have a timeframe in mind for the album’s release.
In the same interview, the veteran rocker mentioned that Eagle co-founder Bernie Leadon will be a special guest on the forthcoming “History of the Eagles” tour. "I never really got a chance to play with him,” Walsh revealed, “but we've been in contact. We see him from time to time, and I'm really glad he's coming because it's going to take the show up a notch, and I'm really looking forward to playing with him, finally."