… on the Making of his New Album Chess
Pre-orders Flooding in for His Stunning New ‘Inspirations’ series Album & Bernie Unveils a Making Of Chess Video.
National Treasure, Bernie Marsden reveals a fascinating insight into the motivation, method and creation of his new album, CHESS in this 12 minute ‘The Making Of Chess’ video documentary.
‘CHESS’ is another successful collaboration between Conquest Music and Bernie Marsden’s own Little House Music. The new album is out on 26th November 2021: available on all digital platforms, along with a Special Limited-Edition Digipak CD accompanied by a 16-page booklet
Following in the triumphant wake of its widely acclaimed, chart-topping predecessor KINGS. ‘CHESS’ continues Bernie’s pilgrimage, homaging the music and artists who inspired him, kindled his passion, and helped form the bedrock of his own deep passion for music.
Bernie got the idea for his ‘Inspirations’ series from a late-night conversation with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons about their influences and heroes. Bernie came up with an ongoing series of albums, showcasing the music of artists who’d inspired him during his formative years.
As with UK Top 20 album ‘KINGS’, ‘CHESS’ is no mere compilation of covers: it’s crafted with tracks very important to Bernie, and reinterpreted in fresh, powerful performances with passionate and decades-honed talent.
You’ll hear his own, nuanced guitar virtuosity and heartfelt vocals, along with the wonderful synergy with the talented musicians he’s brought together for the project: Guitar & Vocals — Bernie Marsden; Bass Guitar — John Gordon; Drums — Jim Russell; Keyboards — Bob Haddrell; Harmonica — Alan Glen.
The album features 10 lightning-charged tracks that were originally released on the fabled Chess label by icons like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters & Elmore James. What’s more, two Bernie Marsden-penned instrumentals appear as bonus tracks on the album.
Bernie Marsden has set the ball rolling for the release of his superb, new, 12-track solo album ‘CHESS’ — the second in his ‘Inspirations’ series with a personal video message to offer his fans a special Pre-Order offer.
Bluesdoodles said about KINGS – This isn’t just another tribute album; it’s a lovingly crafted, original yet empathetic reading of great guitar players by a great guitar player. Yes, I’m biased…but I am also right! Buy it, lose yourself in it, hit repeat and let the layers of sound reveal themselves…this is a very high-quality blues with feeling. Bluesdoodles rating: 5 Doodle Paws – a stupendous album of quintessential blues; a tribute to three great guitar players by a great guitar player. Read full review HERE
Bluesdoodles said about CHESS – So, Bernie has done it again: he’s taken tracks that mean a lot to him, moulded them in a unique way to bring a fresh and yet reverential approach and made them his…the song is always paramount and this isn’t a guitarist showing off their skills, it is a skilful guitarist sharing his love and gratitude to some remarkable compositions with a band of consummate skill to back him all the way. Another masterpiece and I look forward to the next instalment (as we’re promised three “inspirations” plus, he has teased “an exciting guitar project developing that I can’t say too much about at this time, but I’m very excited about it…” So are we. Bluesdoodles rating: 5 Doodle Paws – a Stupendous album. Bernie has done it again: he’s taken tracks that mean a lot to him, moulded them in a unique way to bring a fresh and yet reverential approach and made them his and ours…another masterpiece. Read full review HERE