Out today (June 7th) is Peter Frampton's latest album, titled All Blues. The collection, which is billed to the Peter Frampton Band, features his longtime road band Adam Lester on guitar and vocals; Rob Arthur on keyboards, guitar, and vocals; and fan favorite, drummer Dan Wojciechowski. Joining the Frampton Band on the set are special guests Larry Carlton, Sonny Landreth, Steve Morse, and Kim Wilson.
The vinyl version of All Blues will be available as a double LP and also as a limited edition translucent blue color pressing exclusively at PeterFrampton.com. The double LP includes the bonus track 'I Feel So Good,' which was written by Big Bill Broonzy and popularized by Muddy Waters.
Back in February, Frampton announced the initial dates of his final tour and revealed on CBS This Morning that he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus, that slowly weakens the body's muscles. Frampton was diagnosed over three years ago, after a series of falls that were out of character for him.
Peter Frampton explained to us that due to the degenerative nature of his disease, he's in a battle against time to get as much material in the can as possible: “We're on our fourth album right now since October. One comes out on June 7th, the All Blues record. And if I'm not on the road doing this (laughs) tour, we're in the studio. I want to get as much recorded and play as much as I can 'til I can't. Since October, we must've done nearly 40, 45 tracks (laughs). It's. . . I've never recorded this much in my life!”
Frampton shed light on how he schooled himself in every corner of the blues for the new project: “The process was 'Let me listen to as much Muddy Waters as I can today' — and then the next day, John Lee Hooker, and then Robert Johnson. I mean, it was just a thesis, basically — and really studied where these songs came from, who wrote them. Let me tell you — Willie Dixon; he must've been the richest man in the blues thing, 'cause he, he wrote just about all of them! What Muddy didn't write — he wrote.”
Frampton hits the road on June 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening will open most of the shows on the tour with Frampton's son Julian Frampton on board as special guest for eight gigs.