Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Eric Burdon Teams With Nashvillians The Greenhornes and Brendan Benson for EP; Hear 'Black Dog' Now [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Last time we at the Cream laid eyes on legendary British R&B/funk/blues-rock frontman Eric Burdon, he was joining Bruce Springsteen onstage at this year's SXSW for a rendition of "We Gotta Get out of This Place." But The Boss isn't the only rock 'n' roller the former Animal (and War-rior) has joined forces with in recent months. According to Rolling Stone, Burdon will release an EP by the name of Eric Burdon and The Greenhornes on Nov. 23 as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday — and I bet you can't guess who serves as his backing band!

You really couldn't ask for a better backing outfit than Nashville-residing garage rockers The Greenhornes. Besides, the 'Hornes have long fetched comparisons to The Animals, and they obviously love Burdon & Co. The four-song EP was produced by Brendan Benson, who of course sometimes shares the stage with The Greenhornes' rhythm section ("Little" Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler) in an outfit by the name of The Raconteurs. There's some other guy in The Raconteurs, too, but I'm not really sure what he's up to lately. Anyway, Benson obviously loves Burdon, too, and the album will be released by Benson's own Readymade Records.

Burdon and the 'Hornes debuted their tune "Black Dog" — not to be confused with "Big Black Dog" or, of course, the other "Black Dog" — this morning. Burdon tells RS that he wrote the tune about the sorts of long patches of deep despair his fellow Brit Winston Churchill once referred to as "the black dog of depression." "I thought, 'That's a really interesting concept,' and that gave birth to the song," Burdon tells the Stone. "Now I'm finding black dogs in the neighborhood that are kind to me, and I'm finding that I have no fear." The tune is a raucous R&B burner, and it opens with Burdon plainly saying, "My name is Winston Churchill, and I'm having a fucking nervous breakdown." Sick. Here's the link to the pop-out player.

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