Rock and Blues guitar virtuoso, and much respected legend Bernie Marsden releases his superb, brand-new solo album Kings via Conquest Music. Kingsis now available to download and stream on all digital platforms and the Special Limited Edition Digipak CD, accompanied by a 16-page booklet, can be bought from High Street and online retailers.
Kings is Bernie’s first solo album in seven years and perfectly showcases his love and mastery of the Blues, using sublime fretwork skills honed over six decades, combined with breathtakingly emotive vocals. With love and gusto, he revisits the music of luminaries who inspired him in his formative years, in this instance the trinity of Kings of the Blues: Freddie, Albert and B.B King.
This Blues icon will be hitting the stage at HRH Blues VI next April 2022, at the O2 Academy in Sheffield.
Listen to Bernie’s album and you’ll hear his own, nuanced guitar style as he takes on 10 Kings’ classics (like Albert King’s Don’t You Lie to Me, Freddie King’s Help Me Through the Day, and B.B. King’s mesmeric, poignant Help the Poor). What’s more, two Bernie Marsden-penned instrumentals — inspired by the Kings — appear as bonus tracks on the album.
Kings is a stunning album that’s going to blow Blues lovers away in particular, yet its appeal reaches further afield than Blues purism alone: songs and performances this good transcend pigeonholing. Bernie recorded the tracks in a studio in Oxfordshire, aided and abetted by a talented band of seasoned musicians. The result? An album brimming with high calibre Blues and Soul. Fit for a King, or three!
The next album in Bernie’s Inspirations series — Chess — will be out later this year, homaging recordings released on the iconic Chicago-based label.
Check out Bernie Marsden’s Kings, awarded 5 stars by Bluesdoodles, who called it “a stupendous album of quintessential blues; a tribute to three great guitar players by a great guitar player.”
Kings is now available to download and stream on all digital platforms and to buy in shops.