British slide guitar phenom Troy Redfern has kicked off today’s The Fire Cosmic album launch with a kaleidoscopic music video for the single “Sanctify”. “Sanctify” – the album’s penultimate track – is described by Redfern as a “heavy blues-billy boogie stomp.” The song was written on a 1929 National Triolian Resonator.
A far cry from the Mississippi Delta, The Fire Cosmic was tracked at the world-famous Rockﬁeld Studios in North Wales and features an all-star line-up of musicians, including drummer Darby Todd (The Darkness, Paul Gilbert); bassist Dave Marks (Hans Zimmer); and guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns ‘N Roses, Asia, Sons of Apollo) who plays on the track On Fire.
“I chose Rockﬁeld Studios because so much of the music I grew up listening to was recorded at this legendary studio (Queen, Black Sabbath, Mott The Hoople),” says Redfern. “The studio is hallowed ground for every musician, and the rooms there are charged with so much magic and history of all the iconic, classic albums that have been produced there.
“It was important for me to capture the raw energy of three guys playing live in the same place, at the same time… As soon as we arrived at Rockﬁeld, everyone, including Darby and Dave who’ve recorded all over the world, were excited to be there. It’s that kind of place. It has that eﬀect on every musician who records there. Even before we started recording, the energy and vibe was there, which deﬁnitely set the tone for the entire album.”
Get Troy Redfern’s The Fire Cosmic album here.
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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, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.