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Watch Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs’ New “Electric Gypsy” Music Video

Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs
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Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming album External Combustion.

Released via BMG, the band’s latest studio effort is due to land on March 4 this year and was recorded during the Summer months last year.

Tracked at Hocus Pocus Recorders – Campbell’s Los Angeles home studio – it follows up the Dirty Knobs' acclaimed 2020 debut long-player, Wreckless Abandon.

“Electric Gypsy” is the closing number from the new 11-track LP and is one of Campbell’s favorite songs on the record.

“The song came to me in a moment of inspiration before a session with the band,” commented Campbell, “and we recorded it that day in one take, guitar solo and all.”

While the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers co-writer composed a majority of the songs on External Combustion in recent months, a couple of tracks on the album were old compositions unearthed from the maestro’s vault.

Following the passing of his friend and bandmate Tom Petty, Campbell has increasingly thrown himself into the project. Consequently, on March 9 this year, Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs will begin their first US tour (opens in new tab).

Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs 'External Combustion' album artwork

(Image credit: BMG)

You can pre-order Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs’ new album External Combustion here (opens in new tab).

Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.