According to a new Facebook post from Glenn Hughes, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION has entered a Hollywood, California studio to begin recording its much-anticipated fourth album, due later in the year.
The supergroup, which features Hughes alongside drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, is working on the follow-up to 2012’s “Afterglow” effort after a near-four-year split that was caused by tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes.
Helming the new album once again is Kevin Shirley, a man known for his production work with artists such as IRON MAIDEN, JOURNEY and Bonamassa. Shirley has worked closely with Joe on every album that the guitarist has recorded since 2006’s “You & Me”, a period of time that has seen the artist’s success and popularity grow massively.
In a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Hughes stated about BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s decision to return to the studio: “One thing I want to make clear to everybody across air nation is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out. It just happened that after ‘Afterglow’ was recorded and released in the fall of 2012, there was no touring schedule set. Being that there was no touring schedule set, I decided to leave the band simply because I needed to go back to my solo career. There was never falling out. Joe was continuing with his solo career and it just never worked out that we could do a lot of touring. Over the course of the years, we have spoken to each other and we had lunch the spring. We said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to make another record? Maybe the time is right to do that.’ There’s certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight.”
Hughes also discussed the musical direction of the new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION material. He said: “You know, it’s a combination of all three albums. It will sound like BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION. When you hear the first few bars of the song, you will know it’s us! We are not making any severe left turns or opening up any new doors of trying to do something that is different from the way we started. We are very focused on what we should do. We are making a rock album for rock fans. We’re not making anything different than pure rock music in the tradition of what BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION set out to do in 2010.”