Much to the excitement of hard rock fans around the globe, FIREHOUSE guitarist Bill Leverty has released "Drive", a new CD of classic rock covers — guaranteed to thrill even the hardest of rockers! Covers include songs from bands and artists such as CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, LITTLE FEAT, THE OHIO PLAYERS, THREE DOG NIGHT, ERIC CLAPTON, EDGAR WINTER, THE GUESS WHO, STEVIE WONDER, STEELY DAN and RARE EARTH.
Says Bill: "These songs were all very personal. In choosing these songs to cover, each had to be a song that I loved before I started playing guitar, that I still love today, a song that hadn't been covered to death in the genre, and a song that I thought I could put my own spin on, while still staying true to the original recordings. That narrowed it down to these ten songs."
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Bill Leverty and FIREHOUSE first gained recognition in 1991 when they won the "Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist" from the American Music Awards. Signed to Epic Records, FIREHOUSE would go on to release several hit songs throughout the '90s such as "Don't Treat Me Bad", "Love Of A Lifetime", "All She Wrote" and "Reach The Sky", to name a few. The band sold over two million copies of their debut album, "Firehouse", and close to a million copies of their second album, "Hold Your Fire", in the U.S. alone. For their third release, the band secured the production chores of famed producer Ron Nevison (LED ZEPPELIN, OZZY OSBOURNE, DAMN YANKEES, UFO). "Firehouse 3" went on to be another big seller, especially in Asia. Their next release, "Good Acoustics", the first of several albums produced by Bill Leverty, won them a gold record in several countries. FIREHOUSE would go on to release five more well-received critically acclaimed albums as well as successful world tours throughout the 2000s. The band to this day continues to tour playing their back catalog of hits to cheering fans everywhere and has sold over six million units worldwide.
In the mid-2000s, Bill Leverty released several musically diverse solo albums — "Wanderlust" (2004), "Southern Exposure" (2007) and "Deep South" (2009).
"Drive" track listing:
01. Fortunate Son (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL)
02. Spanish Moon (LITTLE FEAT)
03. Free Ride (EDGAR WINTER)
04. One (THREE DOG NIGHT)
05. I Shot The Sheriff (ERIC CLAPTON)
06. Fire (THE OHIO PLAYERS)
07. No Time (THE GUESS WHO)
08. Jesus Children Of America (STEVIE WONDER)
09. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (STEELY DAN)
10. I Just Want To Celebrate (RARE EARTH)