Bernie has another jewel in his already well-stocked crown when he won the Blues Lord award at the HRH Awards 2021 this week. Perfect timing, as Bernie Marsden has set the ball rolling for the release of his superb, new, 12-track solo album CHESS — the second in his Inspirations series with a personal video message to offer his fans a special pre-order offer.
CHESS is another successful collaboration between Conquest Music and Bernie Marsden’s own Little House Music. The new album is out on 26th November 2021 will be available on all digital platforms, along with a Special Limited-Edition Digipak CD accompanied by a 16-page booklet. Pre-orders are now open, so visit Bernie’s website to place yours!
Following in the triumphant wake of its widely acclaimed, chart-topping predecessor, KINGS, CHESS continues Bernie’s pilgrimage, homaging the music and artists who inspired him, kindled his passion, and helped form the bedrock of his own deep passion for music.
Bernie got the idea for his Inspirations series from a late-night conversation with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons about their influences and heroes. Bernie came up with an ongoing series of albums, showcasing the music of artists who’d inspired him during his formative years.
As with UK Top 20 album KINGS, CHESS is no mere compilation of covers: it’s crafted with tracks very important to Bernie, and reinterpreted in fresh, powerful performances with passionate and decades-honed talent.
You’ll hear his own, nuanced guitar virtuosity and heartfelt vocals, along with the wonderful synergy with the talented musicians he’s brought together for the project: Guitar & Vocals — Bernie Marsden; Bass Guitar — John Gordon; Drums — Jim Russell; Keyboards — Bob Haddrell; Harmonica — Alan Glen.
The album features 10 lightning-charged tracks that were originally released on the fabled Chess label by icons like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters & Elmore James. What’s more, two Bernie Marsden-penned instrumentals appear as bonus tracks on the album.