Brian Setzer Announces New Album, 'Gotta Have The Rumble'

Brian Setzer
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Rockabilly guitar master Brian Setzer has announced a new solo album, Gotta Have The Rumble.

Set for an August 27 release via Surfdog Records, the album was produced by Julian Raymond, and recorded in Minneapolis and Nashville. It's Setzer's first solo album since 2014's Rockabilly Riot! All Original.

You can check out the colorful animated video for the album's first single, "Checkered Flag," below.

“Obviously, it’s a reference to my motorcycles and hot rods, something that hasn’t changed since I was 15 years old,” Setzer said of the album's title.

“I still have the same passion for going fast and adrenaline. But it’s also about my hearing problem with tinnitus – the ringing of the ear. It was pretty bad, and I realized that I couldn’t play the way I wanted to. 

"As I recovered, standing in front of a small amplifier just didn’t cut it. The sound from my big amp makes the guitar rumble. Which is a big part of my sound. I was really despondent for a while because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do that again. So, Gotta Have The Rumble refers to both of those things.”

You can check out Gotta Have The Rumble's cover art and track list below.

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The cover of Brian Setzer's upcoming album, 'Gotta Have the Rumble'

(Image credit: Surfdog Records)

Brian Setzer – Gotta Have The Rumble:

1. Checkered Flag
2. Smash Up On Highway One
3. Stack My Money
4. The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
5. Drip Drop
6. The Cat With 9 Wives
7. Turn You On, Turn Me On
8. Rockabilly Riot
9. Off Your Rocker
10. One Bad Habit
11. Rockabilly Banjo

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