Paul Gilbert (M. Big, Racer X) and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group recently announced the release of a new seasonal offering called “TWAS”. Gilbert’s 17th solo album features a dozen recordings, two of which are new original compositions. The worldwide digital and CD release date is November 26. The LP will follow on December 10th. Pre-order here.
Today Gilbert and the label present a new music video for “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing ”, which can be viewed below:
Gilbert shares: “Many would agree that lately some difficult events have befallen our heads like an exploding waterfall of molasses. At least it sometimes feels like that. But while I was scrambling Christmas carols with my friends. , I was playing an assortment of red, green and white Ibanez electric guitars, felt like life was THE BEST, hope this music can put a smile on your face too.
“Ten of the songs are classics. I was inspired by Christmas recordings from Nat King Cole, Loretta Lynn, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and The Ventures. And of course, the inspiration came. of my guitar heroes, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, to name a few. I also wrote some of my new songs Christmas. Like I did recently, I started with lyrics and a melody. Then I let my guitar take over, because it sings better than I do. “
He keeps on. “‘Three Strings For Christmas’ refers to the 3-string guitar I used on my double neck. I tune the strings in octaves, which allows me to play ridiculously fast arpeggios, and very little else. (This is why I have a normally stretched guitar for the other neck.) “Every Christmas Has Love” was written quickly, inspired by my panic mental state of album creation. When I know the sessions recording comes in, my brain goes into survival mode, and the melodies I start to come out. Then I take all the chords I learned from listening to 70s AM radio, and build a song. The lyrics are nice too. I’ll print them in the album cover notes. Merry Christmas everyone. And good night everyone. “
Gilbert formed a group from Portland, Oregon’s top jazz and blues musicians for these sessions. The players are Dan Balmer (guitar), Clay Giberson (keyboards), Timmer Blakely (bass) and Jimi Bott (drums). He said to himself: “They all brought supreme musical quality to these arrangements and performances. They certainly pushed me to make smarter musical choices than I would have made on my own. And as you will hear, my metal guitar instincts always spit fire when they get the chance. The album was recorded in the studio of Jimi Bott, who also designed and mixed the recordings. The approach was to record two songs per day, for six days, delivering all of the collected work.
Gilbert: “All the songs were recorded live, although I think Jimi slipped in a few cowbell overdubs. If something needs to be added to a live track, I think cowbell is the right choice.”
List of tracks:
“Let it snow!” Let it snow! Let it snow! “
“Frosty the Snowman”
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
“The Christmas Song”
“Rudolph the red nosed reindeer”
“I saw three ships”
“Every Christmas has love”
“Three strings for Christmas”
“Have a merry little Christmas”
“We wish you a Merry Christmas”
Video “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”: