Kirk Fletcher Announces New Album “My Blues Pathway” to be released Friday September 25, 2020
New Single ‘No Place To Go’ Available to Stream July 21
Featuring Originals and Re-imagined Tributes of Quintessential Blues Classics by Sonny Boy Williamson, Chris Cain, AC Reed and Juke Boy Bonner.
Former guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and award-winning American blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher is very happy to release his sixth album “My Blues Pathway” via Cleopatra Records. The 10 tracks will be released on CD, vinyl and digital on Friday September 25. The album is available to pre-order.
The first single “No Place To Go,” co-written with Richard Cousins, is released and available to stream on Tuesday July 21 here.
“This song is about the struggles of success, sometimes at the expense of what life is really about,” says Kirk. “It about self-empowerment and what a person’s view of happiness means, whether, it is a house on a hill or a meal for the day to survive.”
Watch the video for “No Place To Go”
“My Blues Pathway” follows hot on the heels of Kirk’s 2018 Blues music award nominated album “Hold On.”
The album features a mix of originals, covers and two co-writes with Robert Cray’s longtime bass player Richard Cousins, with all music arrangements by Kirk Fletcher.
“The album was a joy to make,” says Kirk – “especially making music with some of my longtime friends. I’ve known drummer David Kida for over 25 years. We have been in the trenches together on the L.A. Blues music scene.”
“It was very important for me to include some covers on this album. I wanted to shine a spotlight on some of my favourite blues artists including Sonny Boy Williamson, Chris Cain, AC Reed and Juke Boy Bonner.”
Kirk recorded this album over the Christmas holidays 2019 in six days over a two-week period.
1. Ain’t No Cure For The Downhearted (3:37)
2. No Place To Go (4:25)
3. Love Is More Than A Word (7:05)
4. Struggle For Grace (5:13)
5. Rather Fight Than Switch (4:01)
6. Heart So Heavy (5:03)
7. Fattening Frogs For Snakes (3:54)
8. Place In This World Somewhere (4:20)
9. D Is For Denny (2:53)
10. Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal (5:03)
Guitar and Vocals by Kirk Fletcher
Bass by Travis Carlton
Drums on tracks 1,2 & 3 by Lemar Carter
Drums on tracks 4,5,6,7,8 & 9 by David Kida
Keyboards by Jeff Babko
Saxophone by Joe Sublett
Trumpet by Mark Pender
Harmonica on “Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal” by Charlie Musselwhite
National Resephonic Guitar by Josh Smith on “Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal”
Recorded, mixed, and engineered by Alan Hertz at Hertz Workz Studio’s in Van Nuys, CA
Vocal, horns and guitar overdubs recorded by Josh Smith at Flat V studios in Los Angeles, CA