By: Gary Graff
Paul Rodgers has more than Bad Company's upcoming 40th anniversary tour on his plate this year.
The group hits the road on June 15, but before then Rodgers is continuing to work on a pair of new solo albums -- one a set of soul covers he recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis with producer-engineer Perry Margouleff, and the other a straight-up set of originals.
Rodgers tells us he's particularly excited about the soul album, which he hopes to have out this fall:
“Well, Stax is very dear to my heart...We just went down there and I did some tracks and it was awesome. It was such a beautiful vibe. I walked through the studio at one point, from the studio to the control room, and they have all these tapes stored up there. And I looked at one of the boxes, the 24-tracks from the old days, and it said 'Ann Peebles: I Can't Stand the Rain' written in...Sharpie, you know? I was like, 'Wow, is that the original Ann Peebles?' They said, 'Yeah, she recorded that here.' Wow!' So I said, 'Let's do that track,' and it was fun to be that loose and yet that tight. It was great.”
Rodgers hasn't released a track list for the set yet, but he said the emphasis would be on “Stax Records artists such as Otis Redding and Sam & Dave.”
As for the other solo album, Rodgers and Margouleff are recording in New York, and he explains:
"We've got loads and loads of tracks lined up. It's a matter of getting ourselves organized and put it in a cohesive format...We're having fun with it, so there's no real rush. Probably next year."
Rodgers and Bad Company, meanwhile, will play 13 of its 22 anniversary shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd, who introduced Rodgers to his wife, the former Cynthia Kereluk.
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