Title - Stomping Ground
Artist - Dion
For those unaware, Dion (born Dion Francis DiMucci) is following up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2020 album release Blues With Friends with Stomping Ground, a new album that finds him collaborating yet again with music greats with whom he shares mutual admiration.
Set for release November 5th, 2021, Stomping Ground was produced by Wayne Hood with Dion and will be released through Joe Bonamassa and Roy Weisman’s KTBA Records.
1. Take It Back (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
2. Hey Diddle Diddle (feat. G.E. Smith)
3. Dancing Girl (feat. Mark Knopfler)
4. If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll (feat. Eric Clapton)
5. There Was A Time (feat. Peter Frampton)
6. Cryin’ Shame (feat. Sonny Landreth)
7. The Night Is Young (feat. Joe Menza and Wayne Hood)
8. That’s What The Doctor Said (feat. Steve Conn)
9. My Stomping Ground (feat. Billy F Gibbons)
10. Angel In the Alleyways (feat. Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen)
11. I’ve Got To Get To You (feat. Boz Scaggs, Joe Menza and Mike Menza)
12. Red House (feat. Keb’ Mo’)
13. I Got My Eyes On You Baby (feat. Marcia Ball and Jimmy Vivino)
14. I’ve Been Watching (feat. Rickie Lee Jones and Wayne Hood)
This quite stunning blues-rock album from the 82 year old opens on the authoritative Take It Back (featuring Joe Bonamassa) and the foot-tapping Hey Diddle Diddle (featuring G.E. Smith - who was also the lead guitarist for Hall & Oates during the band’s heyday), and then comes the unmistakable guitar work from Dire Strait’s Mark Knopfler on the low slung Dancing Girl, the aching blues of If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll (featuring Eric Clapton), the gossamer balladry of There Was A Time (featuring Peter Frampton), and then comes the gritty Cryin’ Shame (featuring the slide guitar work of Sonny Landreth) and the joyous ebb and flow of The Night Is Young (featuring both Joe Menza and Wayne Hood).
Next up is the ’60s blues-soul of That’s What The Doctor Said (featuring Steve Conn) and the grounded My Stomping Ground (featuring Billy F Gibbons) which are in turn followed by the simply magnificent mid-tempo melodies of Angel In the Alleyways (featuring both Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen), the joyously fun I’ve Got To Get To You (featuring Boz Scaggs, Joe Menza and Mike Menza), the album rounding out on the forthright Down South blues of Red House (featuring five-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’), the tinkling ivory work of both Marcia Ball and Jimmy Vivino on I Got My Eyes On You Baby, coming to a righteous close on the dulcet rhythms crafted within I’ve Been Watching (featuring Rickie Lee Jones and Wayne Hood).
Most of the album’s songs were written by Dion and his songwriting partner Mike Aquilina. Guest artists appearing on tracks with Dion include Boz Scaggs, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Billy F Gibbons, Keb’ Mo’, Sonny Landreth, Joe Menza, Mike Menza, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Vivino, Rickie Lee Jones, Wayne Hood, Joe Bonamassa and G.E. Smith with Pete Townshend’s liner notes which Dion characterizes as “amazing.”
The album’s voluminous notes include an intro by Dion that succinctly summarizes the philosophy behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s latest recorded endeavor:
“When I was young, I was always striving for accolades and admiration. Those were my goals. But when I reached them, they didn’t satisfy. I discovered joy when I leaned to stop caring about all that – when I learned to relax and make music with friends… music that would make more friends for us through its joy.”
“To make music with friends, and to make friends through music: I can’t imagine a better life than this. I am grateful to my friends who made Stomping Ground with me – and my new friends who are listening.”
The album will be available digitally as well as on CD and as a two LP set.
Official Purchase Link
Dion - Take It Back [Order and Stream The Song]
Dion - Take It Back [Official Music Video]
Dion - Cryin’ Shame (feat. Sonny Landreth) [Official Music Video]
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