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EDITORS’ NOTES

Featuring drummer Jason Bonham and vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, who worked together in the short-lived Black Country Communion, plus 23-year-old newbie guitarist/singer/songwriter Andrew Watt, California Breed play the kind of riff-heavy, vocal-wailing hard rock that excites the readers and writers of guitar magazines the world over. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings) at his Nashville studio, California Breed earns comparisons to the classic hard rock bands of the ‘70s and modern-era groups like Audioslave thanks to Bonham’s powerful drumming and Hughes’ unrestrained wailings, which declare true authority. Watt’s riffage moves in a number of serious hard rock directions, bringing in a merciless attack for “The Way” and “Chemical Rain” on the openers and working subtler and catchier for “Sweet Tea,” a track obviously meant as the album’s single. “Midnight Oil” climaxes with serious solo work from Watt and Bonham. “All Falls Down” dares to be a power ballad. “The Grey” and “Spit You Out” take turns at glam-styled rock. The deluxe version adds the bonus track “Solo.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Featuring drummer Jason Bonham and vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, who worked together in the short-lived Black Country Communion, plus 23-year-old newbie guitarist/singer/songwriter Andrew Watt, California Breed play the kind of riff-heavy, vocal-wailing hard rock that excites the readers and writers of guitar magazines the world over. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings) at his Nashville studio, California Breed earns comparisons to the classic hard rock bands of the ‘70s and modern-era groups like Audioslave thanks to Bonham’s powerful drumming and Hughes’ unrestrained wailings, which declare true authority. Watt’s riffage moves in a number of serious hard rock directions, bringing in a merciless attack for “The Way” and “Chemical Rain” on the openers and working subtler and catchier for “Sweet Tea,” a track obviously meant as the album’s single. “Midnight Oil” climaxes with serious solo work from Watt and Bonham. “All Falls Down” dares to be a power ballad. “The Grey” and “Spit You Out” take turns at glam-styled rock. The deluxe version adds the bonus track “Solo.”

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About California Breed

California Breed is a power trio that includes vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Andrew Watt.

The rhythm section came from the supergroup Black Country Communion, which also included guitarist Joe Bonamassa. When BBC split due to the increasing demands of the guitarist's solo career, Hughes and Bonham decided that the chemistry they generated together was too valuable to abandon; they decided to form another band. Finding another guitarist of the caliber each man was used to working with was no mean feat.

Hughes received a telephone call from Julian Lennon; he suggested the 23-year-old Watt. During his first rehearsal with Hughes, the pair wrote two songs. The bassist was impressed by the final product of this session and called Bonham, who enthusiastically agreed.

After writing a substantial amount of material, the trio decided to record with producer Dave Cobb at his Nashville studio. They cut the album live from the floor, and the two tracks written by Watt and Hughes on that first day -- "Chemical Rain" and "Solo" -- both made the final album cut. The hard-rocking meld of blues, post-grunge, and funk was issued as California Breed by Frontiers in May of 2014. The set entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 78. ~ Thom Jurek

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