Richie Kotzen Announces New Album, '50 for 50'

Kotzen wrote, recorded and assembled the 50-track triple album to mark his 50th birthday.
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Richie Kotzen performs live on April 19, 2018 in New York City.

Richie Kotzen performs live on April 19, 2018 in New York City.

Richie Kotzen has announced a new solo album, 50 for 50.

Recorded for Kotzen's 50th birthday, the ambitious triple-album collects an even 50 previously unreleased tracks. Produced by Kotzen himself, the album is set for a February 3 release via his own label, Headroom-Inc.

“The idea of a 50 song album came to me while I was on tour sometime last year,” Kotzen said of the album in a press release. “I had completed what would have been your typical 10 to 12 song album and was anticipating a 2020 release. Somewhere along the line, I discovered a few completed songs that for whatever reason were never released. Along with that, I found a massive collection of material that was in various forms of completion. 

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"Some songs had drums, bass and piano with no vocal, other songs were nothing more than a bass line and a vocal melody and so on. I decided to take that summer and fall, stay in the studio, and see how many of these ideas I could bring to completion. The concept was to include the already completed works and finish the other ideas and then stop once I reached 50 songs. Reality is we’ve got way more sitting on the hard drives waiting for attention. 

"I figured if I can walk out of the studio with 50 songs (that I like) mixed and mastered, I can release a 50 song package on my 50th birthday.”

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