Scott Gorham of Black Star Riders - EXCLUSIVE interview.
Scott Gorham EXCLUSIVE interview.
Legendary guitarist Scott Gorham in conversation with Mark Taylor about 'Another State of Grace' the fourth album by Black Star Riders (released on 9th September 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records).
Gorham reveals the background to the latest line-up of the band, including new guitarist Christian Martucci and how the new collection of songs came together under new producer Jay Ruston, as well as his creative relationship with frontman and band co-founder Ricky Warwick.
He also reflects on his legacy from playing alongside Phil Lynott in Thin Lizzy and the influence of the band's recognisable Celtic sound and harmonising lead guitars on other bands over the years.
The new album will be available on CD, vinyl and vinyl picture disc. There's also limited-edition releases of a boxset and a light green vinyl LP. A video for the title track is now on-line, check-out the YouTube links below:
ANOTHER STATE OF GRACE - Track List:
01. Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down
02. Another State Of Grace
03. Ain't The End Of The World
04. Underneath The Afterglow
05. Soldier In The Ghetto
06. Why Do You Love Your Guns?
07. Standing In The Line Of Fire
08. What Will It Take?
09. In The Shadow Of The War Machine
10. Poisoned Heart
BLACK STAR RIDERS consists of Ricky Warwick (lead vocals, guitar), Scott Gorham (lead guitar) and Robert Crane (bass) along with recent additions Chad Szeliga (drums) and Christian Martucci (lead guitar).
VIDEO CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/BlackStarRiders
VIDEO: 'Another State of Grace': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VVvp_jnUX8
VIDEO: 'Ain't the End of the World': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv-tccUbm6U
00:00 - Intro
00:22 - Choosing Jay Ruston as the producer for the new album
02:30 - The Celtic sound of the title track
03:32 - New guitar player: Christian Martucci; audition and creative input
05:42 - Writing process, mixing old and new methods of collaboration
09:48 - Comparing writing styles between Ricky Warwick and Phil Lynott
11:34 - The evolution of the band's identity with Ricky
13:29 - Recent performance of 'Black Rose' at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales
14:42 - Perspective on lesser-loved albums, like Chinatown and Renegade
15:18 - Views on changing ways of listening to and buying music
16:18 - What's it like watching another band play your songs
17:38 - Thoughts on the passing of Philomena Lynott
19:45 - New wave of bands, influenced by Thin Lizzy, including the now-reformed 'Grand Slam'
21:15 - Collecting guitars and other memorabilia
23:05 - Forthcoming tour, picking support bands and set-list composition
25:09 - Thoughts of the future. Maintaining health. Golf
27:09 - End
Location: Gibson Brands, London
Interviewer & Questions: Mark Taylor
Camera & Production: Andy Rawll