Published Dec 05, 2018Guns N' Roses bass hero Duff McKagan is getting set to go solo with a new album in 2019. What's more, he's making the record alongside producer Shooter Jennings.
McKagan made the announcement today, explaining that recording for the album began back in March. The pair worked out of Station House studios in Echo Park, CA, where writing and recording took place in breaks from touring with GNR.
While we so far don't have tons of album details, the record will apparently be the musical follow-up to McKagan's 2015 book How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions).
"I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book," said McKagan in a statement. "But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant reactions.
"The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters…I do this for my love of where I grew up…I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now."
Meanwhile, Jennings said, "From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard. The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them."
Speaking specifically about his connection to McKagan, the producer added, "I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly 20 years ago. I was such a massive Guns N' Roses fan when I was younger. I'd say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to L.A. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together."
McKagan last delivered a solo album way back with 1993's Believe in Me, though his band Loaded did release an album called The Taking in 2011.
So far McKagan's new album does not have a title or firm release date, but stay tuned for more details as they become available.