Paul Gilbert to release new studio album “Behold Electric Guitar” on May 17th 2019

Paul Gilbert Behold Electric Guitar cover
Paul Gilbert and Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group have announced a May 17th, 2019, global release date for a new studio album titled “Behold Electric Guitar”.

The video for the lead track “Havin’ It’” can be viewed below.

Gilbert shares: “I finally wrote a song with long guitar solos! It took me decades to stretch beyond my pop song structure habits, and it feels great to be FREE, and just play, and play, and play. The song still has melodies and themes, and those were inspired by the idea that when you have something good... You still want MORE. Havin’ it... don’t make me stop wantin’ it!”...

After his recent move to Portland, Oregon, he set out to connect with the best and grooviest musicians in the area, and record an album in his brand-new hometown. Brian Foxworth (drums) and Asher Fulero (keyboards) were both obvious choices to play Paul’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, and pop flavors. When Paul’s regular Portland bassist Kelly Lemieux was unavailable (due to his touring with Buckcherry), Paul reached out to New Orleans bass legend, Roland Guerin. Roland came to Portland weeks before the recording dates for intense rehearsing and arranging sessions.

With the band complete, Paul enlisted legendary producer and engineer John Cuniberti. John is well known for his work with Joe Satriani, but Paul was primarily interested in John’s expertise with “one mic” recording.

Paul explains: “It’s so easy to make albums with overdubbing and editing these days, but I really prefer playing live and just getting the music to sound right because the musicians, the songs, and the performances are good”.

After hearing Paul’s band, John recommended a few more mics, but still agreed that the music worked best as live performances with no overdubs. “There is not one overdub on the record. Everything you hear is four guys jamming, listening to each other, and making room for each other. The music almost mixes itself that way! And it’s just a great mindset to have. When you know that you won’t be fixing or adding parts later... It keeps your mind very active to get things right!”...

Pre-order the album here.

Tracklist:
1. Havin’ It
2. I Own a Building
3. Everywhere That Mary Went
4. Love Is the Saddest Thing
5. Sir, You Need to Calm Down
6. Let That Battery Die
7. Blues for Rabbit
8. Every Snare Drum
9. A Snake Just Bit My Toe
10. I Love My Lawnmower
11. A Herd of Turtles
12. Things Can Walk to You

Although the album is mostly instrumental, Paul starts writing each song by writing the lyrics, and then transform those lyrics to melodies on the guitar. Paul’s unused lyrics not only gave him a creative spark for the music but also yielded some interesting song titles. “Sir You Need to Calm Down”, “I Own a Building”, “Let That Battery Die”, and “A Snake Just Bit My Toe” can certainly pique the curiosity of the listener. The exception to Paul’s instrumental guitar theme is his poem, “A Herd of Turtles”. Paul opted for his best Liverpudlian accent to recite his poem of hope, and inserted some ferocious funk riffs for musical contrast in between.

Paul Gilbert will be touring globally to support the release. Confirmed North American appearances include.

US Live Shows 2019:
5/31  Westland, MI  The Token Lounge
6/02  Cleveland, OH  Music Box Supper Club
6/06  Ardmore, PA  The Ardmore Music Hall
6/08  Poughkeepsie, NY  The Chance
6/09  Annapolis, MD  Rams Head On Stage
6/11-13  New York, NY  Iridium Jazz Club
6/17  Nashville, TN  City Winery

Weblinks:
www.paulgilbert.com
www.facebook.com/paulgilbertmusic