OnAugust 4, George Thorogood is set to release his first solo album, Party of One, after 40 years, 15 million albums sold, and upwards of 8,000 live shows with his band, the Destroyers.
While Thorogood may have taken his sweet time setting off on his own for a project, Party of One could only be born of a deep and bountiful career, and, as a result, it's a return in some ways to what made him the electrifying bluesman that he is. It marks a return to his early '70s roots as a solo-acoustic performer, and it's also a return to his original record label, Rounder.
“I think this is a project that’s long overdue, " says Thorogood. "Maybe it should have been the very first album I ever made. After playing with the band for all these years, I had to kind of reverse my hands and my head in order to do this thing justice. But I think Destroyers fans — and hardcore blues fans, too — are ready for the unexpected. My whole career, I’ve always said, ‘Just give them what you are, and they’re either going to dig it or not.’ This record is what I was, what I am, and what I always will be.”
Party of One was produced by Jim Gaines, and it finds Thorogood performing solo and totally live in the studio with mostly acoustic instruments.
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The complete set list for Party of One is as follows...
 “I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man” (Robert Johnson)
 “Soft Spot” (Gary Nicholson and Allen Shamblin)
 “Tallahassee Women” (John Hammond Jr.)
 “Wang Dang Doodle” (Willie Dixon)
 “Boogie Chillen” (John Lee Hooker)
 “No Expectations” (The Rolling Stones)
 “Bad News” (Johnny Cash)
 “Down The Highway” (Bob Dylan)
 “Got To Move” (Elmore James)
 “Born With The Blues” (Brownie McGhee)
 “The Sky Is Crying” (Elmore James)
 “The Hookers (If You Miss ‘Im…I got ‘Im”) (John Lee Hooker)
 “Pictures From Life’s Other Side” (Hank Williams)
 “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (John Lee Hooker)
**“Dynaflow Blues” (Robert Johnson)—Bonus track available on CD version only
"People everywhere can relate to pain more than any other emotion," says Thorogood. "That’s why the blues will always be timeless."
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