Watch Slide Guitar Extraordinaire Troy Redfern’s Fiery “Mercy” Music Video
The new single is the latest from the critically acclaimed blues-rock guitarist’s album ‘The Wings of Salvation'
Following up the release of his “Come On,” “Gasoline” and “Sweet Carolina” singles, award-winning slide guitar extraordinaire Troy Redfern has released a fourth track titled “Mercy” from his new album, The Wings of Salvation.
Drawing widespread acclaim, the British blues-rocker’s latest LP is out now and can be ordered digitally, on CD or limited-edition "yellow & red splatter" vinyl here (opens in new tab).
Opening with a heavy slide riff, “Mercy” showcases Redfern’s trademark chops before launching into a hefty hard rock groove laid down by drummer Paul Stewart (The Feeling (opens in new tab)) and bass guitarist Dave Marks (opens in new tab) (Hans Zimmer.)
While the maestro grinds out licks on a Les Paul (opens in new tab), the track builds into an explosive guitar solo that is surely one of his most finely composed to date.
Recorded in the U.K. at Dulcitone Studios (opens in new tab) – a converted church notable for its natural reverb – The Wings of Salvation was produced by Marks and is the latest in a slew of albums Redfern has put out during the last few years.
It is, perhaps, the guitarist’s most compelling work so far.
“On the new album, I wanted to approach the recording process by starting with a completely clean slate,” says Redfern.
“I wrote the new album from scratch in just under five weeks, in the same way that the bands I grew up listening to used to do. It makes everything fresh and immediate. It’s an accurate snapshot of where you are as an artist at that moment.”
Having tracked and mixed The Wings of Salvation, Redfern decided to take the recording to the next level by getting it mastered at Abbey Road Studios (opens in new tab).
“Mastering is an important part of making a great-sounding record,” he explains. “Abbey Road Studios was the only option. It has the gold standard reputation for the best mastering facilities in the world.
“I decided that Sean Magee (opens in new tab) would be the perfect choice to master the new album. His credentials include the Beatles, Deep Purple, John Lennon, the Ramones, Tina Turner, Sex Pistols, Rush, and Iron Maiden. He turned out to be an excellent choice. He gave the album that gorgeous shine Abbey Road is renowned for.”
Order Troy Redfern’s The Wings of Salvation here (opens in new tab).
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.