Hear Ritchie Blackmore Plug in on New Blackmore's Night Instrumental, "Der letzte Musketier (The Last Musketeer)"

Ritchie Blackmore performs live in 2018
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Today, Blackmore's Night – the eclectic folk group led by Deep Purple/Rainbow guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, vocalist Candice Night – released their new album, Nature’s Light.

Notably, the album features an instrumental titled "Der letzte Musketier (The Last Musketeer)" where Blackmore – who typically focuses on acoustic instruments in Blackmore's Night – plugs in and delivers some scintillating, bluesy, high-volume licks that harken back to his early days with Deep Purple.

You can check the song out below.

The song's title, Blackmore said in a video about the track, is a nod to a trio he performed in back in the early '60s called The Musketeers.

The other two members of the band, Blackmore reveals, have since passed away, leaving Blackmore as "the last Musketeer." The new instrumental is Blackmore's way of thanking the other two members.

Nature’s Light is available now on all streaming services. You can also pick up a copy of the album right here.

Jackson Maxwell
Associate Editor, GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.