This time next month, Brian Setzer’s much-anticipated solo album Gotta Have the Rumble will be on the shelves. Following his 2014 solo record Rockabilly Riot! All Original Setzer’s new long-player has been a long time coming, but the rockabilly electric guitar star has returned full throttle with a new track “Smash Up On Highway One” chasing up the album's first single, the similarly hot rod-inspired “Checkered Flag”.
Speaking of his latest single “Smash Up On Highway One,” Setzer commented: “I was playing "Misirlou" by Dick Dale with the Stray Cats, and I thought, ‘wow I’d love to write something as cool as that riff.’ So I came up with something out of left field. I don’t know what you would call it – Middle Eastern or Eastern-European. Some college professor probably has a name for that scale.
"I had that riff laying around. I guess you could say I’m always collecting cool guitar parts. Mike Himelstein sent me those lyrics and they just fit right in. I think it’s really cool – it’s a way to move the whole rockabilly genre forward.”
Gotta Have the Rumble is set for release on August 27 via Surfdog Records. Pre-order your copy from Brian Setzer’s website.
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