Smith/Kotzen, the duo of Iron Maiden guitarist and Winery Dogs guitarist Richie Kotzen, release their second single from their self-titled debut album, Smith/Kotzen out March 26, 2021.
“Scars” is described by Adrian Smith as a song which ‘starts off with a dreamy intro then comes in heavy,’ a hark-back to 70’s bluesy rock which the duo found particularly fun to work on.
As Richie Kotzen explains, ‘I remember “Scars” being one of the songs we wrote in the very beginning of the process. There is something moody and mysterious going on in this track that I find quite engaging. This would be a great track for us to stretch out live for some guitar improvisation between the two of us.’
As well as the pair co-writing, co-producing and sharing guitars and vocals, Richie also plays bass and drums on the track. The black & white video was once again shot on both sides of the Atlantic. Performances from the band take place in home studios in London and Los Angeles while outdoor footage juxtaposes the rugged beauty of the British Jurassic coast with the historic Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific coastline near Malibu.
SMITH/KOTZEN is the electrifying collaboration between guitarists & vocalists Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen. Part-time Los Angeles neighbors, full time friends with a healthy mutual respect. Both artists are seasoned performers on the global stage, having honed their skills throughout their careers to create their own unique musical sound.
The nine-track album will be available on digital, digipack CD, 12” black vinyl and limited edition 12”, and red and black smoked-colored vinyl.
Smith/Kotzen is a hybrid of blues, hard rock, R&B, and more. They both co-wrote and co-produced the album, both playing guitar and bass. Kotzen plays drums on five tracks and Iron Maiden Nico McBrain and Tal Bergman both take guest spots.
Smith/Kotzen Track Listing
Taking My Chances
You Don’t Know Me
I Wanna Stay
Pre-order link for Smith/Kotzen