Glenn Hughes has told Australia’s Loud magazine that BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s much-anticipated fourth album will be released in “the middle of September.”
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, recorded the follow-up to 2012’s “Afterglow” at a Hollywood, California studio 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.
Regarding how BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s resurrection came about, Hughes told Loud: “Joe and I have never fallen out. Let’s just say that when the band broke up, Joe was very, very busy. He couldn’t really do anything outside of the Bonamassa [solo band], which we knew going into BLACK COUNTRY. So when it became clear that Joe couldn’t clear his schedule, we felt it would be appropriate to break it down for a while, and just go on with other things. And, of course, a year ago when I got inducted into the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame [with DEEP PURPLE], Joe called me to congratulate me, and we talked for a while, had dinner and we discussed making a new BLACK COUNTRY album, which we’ve now done. And we’ve never been more friendlier; we’ve never been close as this, and long may that continue.”
Regarding the musical direction of the new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION material, Hughes told Icon Vs. Icon: “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.”