Chuck Berry, considered by many as the real King of Rock 'N Roll SHOCKED the world again, announcing on his 90th birthday, that early next year he will be releasing an all new album of Berry material. This will be the first new album from Chuck Berry in as many as 38 years.
The album will simply be called “Chuck.”
When Chuck was asked about the long gap between albums, he said that he had a high standard to live up to, and with that in mind we know we'll be getting something truly fantastic, and I for one can't wait!
Other than that, not too much is known yet in the details about this album, except that it will consist mainly of new material written and produced by Berry.
It was recorded in St Louis, Berry’s hometown, and will feature Chuck's St. Louis Band that he affectionately refers to as the Blueberry Hill Band. This hometown backing band includes Berry’s children, Charles Berry Jr and Ingrid, on guitar and harmonica along with longtime friend and bassist Jimmy Marsala.
Berry is dedicating this album to his wife of 58 years, Thelmetta, indicating that it would very likely be his last. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy.” “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
Many of the older Rock 'N Rollers still going have become performing/touring nostalgia acts and new album releases from these artists are usually re-issues, and compilations. So when one of the all-time greats announces something new, the whole world takes notice!
The album will be released next year and as of this posting there is no official date named. Stay tuned.