News | New Dion Album Will Feature Billy Gibbons, Springsteen, And Jeff Beck
Dion for his new album Blues With Friends - Dion / Youtube
Blues icon and Rock Hall of Famer Dion will be releasing a new album that will have some of the industry’s biggest names. Titled Blues With Friends, Dion welcomes Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, and Bruce Springsteen in the new catalog.
“I wanted an album of songs that were strong and memorable and told stories that were worth telling. The blues have been at the heart of my music since the early ’60s. ‘The Wanderer’ is a 12-bar blues, and I was covering Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed in my early years at Columbia — much to the dismay of my corporate masters,” Dion said in an announcement.
The album will be released on June 5 under Joe Bonamassa’s label, Keeping The Blues Alive. Bonamassa lends his skill on the opening track, “Blues Comin’ On”. Other stars in the record include Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Brian Setzer, John Hammond Jr., Rory Block, and Samantha Fishare. “I needed to round up the best guitarists and musicians alive and pick them from every generation, every variation of blues,” Dion said.
The album also has liner notes written by none other than Bob Dylan. “Dion knows how to sing and he knows just the right way to craft these songs, these blues songs. He’s got some friends here to help him out, some true luminaries. But in the end, it’s Dion by himself alone, and that masterful voice of his that will keep you returning to share these blues songs with him,” Dylan writes.