Joe Bonamassa and Black Country Communion--or BCC--fans will be glad to know that the rift between Bonamassa and singer Glen Hughes appears to have been settled and the band is nearing completion on a new album being recorded at what appears to be the legendary United Western studios complex in Hollywood where the Beach Boys recorded their classic Pet Sounds.
Longtime producer Kevin Shirley is once again behind the board and overseeing the album. The as-yet-untitled collection will be the group's fourth album and their first new music since their last LP in 2012, Afterglow
In an interview with Icon vs. Icon
, Hughes attempted to set the record straight on why the band took so long to get back into the studio. "One thing I want to make clear to everybody 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's certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight."
Although the band has so far been reluctant to announce plans to tour, fans should stand at the ready as Mr. Bonamassa currently has no dates on his schedule past May. "This is a record that has to be made,” said Bonamassa on his website and 'boiling over with excitement as he holds a ’59 burst.'
“I love working with this band and it has been too long. Glenn and I have so much good rock music in us and it was absolutely time to cut a new record.” Stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Joe's new signature Epiphone, the Ltd. Ed. "Treasure" Firebird 1 Outfit
Featuring Epiphone ProBucker™ FB720 and Premium Custom Gigbag.