Blues Guitar Hero Kirk Fletcher Announces New Album ‘Heartache By The Pound’ Shares Video

Kirk Fletcher

Acclaimed Blues Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter Kirk Fletcher Announces New Solo Album
Recorded at The Legendary FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL
Shares New Video “Afraid to Die, Too Scared To Live”
Heartache By The Pound Arrris Friday July 29, 2022

Acclaimed blues guitarist/singer-songwriter Kirk Fletcher has announced his long awaited seventh studio album, Heartache By The Pound released on Friday, July 29. The album is available to pre-order HERE.

Produced by Fletcher at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Heartache By The Pound is heralded by today’s premiere of the scorching first single, “Afraid To Die, Too Scared To Live,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

Watch “Afraid To Die, Too Scared To Live”

“I got back to my gospel and blues roots,” Fletcher says. “I really wanted to do a blues record, so I sat down and allowed the songs to take over. I’m a bluesman, and I write about life. That’s the concept.”

Listen to “Afraid to Die, Too Scared To Live” Here

Heartache By The Pound Marks Fletcher’s most personal and potent work to date, highlighted by robust vocals, spirited songcraft, and of course, the fiery guitar work that has earned him international acclaim as one of the preeminent bluesmen of the current era. A five-time Blues Music Award-nominee, Kirk Fletcher spent much of the pandemic living in Switzerland, writing new songs remotely in partnership with his longtime friend, legendary bassist Richard Cousins ​​(The Robert Cray Band, Van Morrison).

When the lockdown ended, he headed to the hallowed ground of FAME Studios for three days of sessions, joined by a truly all-star backing band comprised of keyboardist Reese Winans (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Buddy Guy, John Mayall), drummer Terrence F. Clark (Robert Cray Band, Joss Stone), bass players Travis Carlton (Sara Barellis, Larry Carlton) and Randy Bermudes (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite), backing vocalist Jade MacRae (Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Barnes), trumpet player Mark Pender (Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul), and saxophonist Joe Sublett (Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat).

“FAME is the mother church for soul music,” Fletcher says. “It’s the same building where all these fantastic people like Otis Rush and Aretha Franklin have recorded. I wanted the vibe. I needed to bring these songs there.”

TRACK LISTING

1. Shine A Light On Love (4:32)
Composed by Kirk Fletcher & Richard Cousins

2. Afraid To Die, Too Scared To Live (4:04)
Composed by Kirk Fletcher & Richard Cousins

3. Heartache By The Pound (3:09)
Composed by Kirk Fletcher & Richard Cousins

4. I’ve Made Nights By Myself (3:56)
Composed by Albert King

5. The Night’s Calling For You (5:16)
Composed by Kirk Fletcher & Richard Cousins

6. Wrapped Up, Tangled Up in the Blues (5:05)
Composed by Kirk Fletcher & Richard Cousins

7. Wrong Kinda Love (4:05)
Composed by Dennis Walker

8. I Can’t Find No Love (4:35)
Composted by Dennis Walker

9. Wild Cat Tamer (3:53)
Composed by Tarheel Slim (Allen Rathel Bunn)

10. Hope For Us (5:48)
Composed by Kirk Fletcher

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Kirk Fletcher – All guitar and lead vocals
Production and Arrangements.
Fame Studio Band
Reese Wynans – Organ, piano, Wurlitzer
Randy Bermudes – Bass
Terence F Clark – Drums and percussion
Recorded at Fame studio, Muscle Shoals Alabama engineered by Spencer Coats
June 7,8,9 2021

Born in Los Angeles and currently based in Nashville, Kirk Fletcher is widely considered among the finest blues guitarists on the planet, hailed for his uniquely soulful style, robust vocals, and a refreshingly modern gift for authentic R&B songwriting. Having cut his teeth playing regularly in front of the congregation at his father’s Compton church, Fletcher’s fiery fretwork has seen him perform an extensive list of iconic artists alongside, from Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, and Hubert Sumlin to Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Bonamassa, The Mannish Boys, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, to name but a few.

Kirk Fletcher, Heartache By The Pound, album cover

Along the way, Fletcher has maintained his own world class solo career, unleashing a still-growing body of work that includes such acclaimed releases as 2018’s “Hold On”, which entered Billboard’s “Blues Albums” chart at #15 en route to a Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination for “Contemporary Blues Album.” “My Blues Pathway” followed in 2020, earning him further BMA nods for “Contemporary Blues Album” and “Instrumentalist – Guitar” amidst critical applause from such outlets as Guitar World Magazine, which declared the album “harks back to an era of blues treading new sonic ground – less raw and more refined, yet still gripping and thrilling at every turn… There’s a sweetness and authenticity to (Fletcher’s) approach that screams class.” Guitar.com agreed, writing, “My Blues Pathway sits alongside contemporary blues albums that unapologetically register their vested interests in the golden era of the blues… There’s a simple truth about Kirk Fletcher’s music; an honesty that is unashamedly rhythm and blues.”

“Every time I pick up a guitar, I get down to business and play with a whole lot of soul,” Fletcher says. “I’ve been doing it my whole life, so it’s an extension of who I am. It’s like a personal PA system to make things louder and put that soul out there. Every note is a continuation of my childhood, growing up in church, and all the things I love. That’s what’s most important to me about guitar playing. At the end of the day, I’m just a bluesman.”

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