Immergent Records will release "Les Paul & Friends - A Tribute To A Legend" on September 30. This "tribute" to the beloved living music legend Les Paul, produced by Bob Cutarella (ERIC CLAPTON, STING, JOSS STONE, ALISON KRAUSS, JEFF BECK), includes performances from Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Jeff Golub, as well as vocalists Joan Osborne, Edgar Winter, Mick Hucknall from SIMPLY RED, Johnny Rzeznik, Lisa Fischer, and many others. Notably Les Paul himself plays alongside his protégés on several tracks. Sadly, it was during the post-production of this CD that famed barefoot guitarist Hiram Bullock passed away, making this his last official recording.
Les Paul can still be found playing his legendary namesake guitar at his standing Monday night gig in Manhattan, a further testament (if any was needed) to the fact that he has given his life over to music. "A Tribute To A Legend" is a fitting honor to the genre-crossing icon with an eclectic collection of musicians spanning the musical spectrum. From the hard-hitting thunder of Joe Bonammassa's blues-shredding guitar, to the fluid, ethereal, quasi-blow-by-blow guitar groove provided by six-string icon Slash, this CD covers the gamut of guitar and recording techniques. Solid tributes, most of which also include the 93-year old Les Paul are turned in by Johnny Rzeznik covering U2's "All I Ever Want Is You"; Joan Osborne's smoky rendition of "I Don't Wanna Be With Anybody But You"; and even Richie Sambora's spiritual vocal on "Great Hall Of Fame". Fans of instrumental music will marvel at tracks by noted guitarist Jeff Golub, Chieli Minucci and Steve Lukather's fluid work on the Todd Rundgren classic "I Saw The Light", and much more.
Here's the complete track listing:
01. The Good Luck You're Having (featuring Joe Bonamassa & Les Paul
02. The Walls Came Tumbling Down (featuring Hiram Bullock & Les Paul
03. I Don't Wanna Be With Nobody But You (featuring Joan Osborne & Les Paul
04. All I Want Is You (featuring Johnny Rzeznik - Peter Frampton & Les Paul)
05. Slipping Into Darkness (featuring Lisa Fischer & Les Paul)
06. 69 Freedom Special (featuring Les Paul & Friends)
07. Vocalise (featuring Slash)
08. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (featuring Mick Hucknall, Joe Perry & Les Paul)
09. How Long (featuring Jeff Golub)
10. Great Hall Of Fame (featuring Richie Sambora)
Bonus tracks (offered as download at various Internet download sites):
01. Dying To Live (featuring Edgar Winter)
02. Children Of The Future (featuring C, C, & C)
03. I Saw The Light (featuring Chieli Minucci & Steve Lukather)
Check out Slash's contribution at this location.