Jethro Tull's Martin Barre announces new solo album 'Roads Less Travelled'
The album serves as the former Jethro Tull guitarist's seventh solo effort and follows 2015's 'Back To Steel'.
Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist of Jethro Tull, is all set to release his new solo album. Titled 'Roads Less Travelled', the album arrives via RSK in the UK on 5th October and Cleopatra Records on 12th October in the USA. It is Barre's sixth solo studio effort, a follow up to 2015's 'Back To Steel'. Barre has developed his own distinctive style within the framework of Jethro Tull, and his instantly recognizable and original sound form the basis of this album. Roads Less Travelled features 11 original tracks by Barre, which reflect the last 50 years of his esteemed musical career.
Reflecting on the tracks and recording of the album, Barre says, “I’ve concentrated on improving my songwriting over the last few years and as a result, I am really pleased with this new CD. Although my playing has a lot of space in the music, I’ve worked a lot harder on the arrangements and lyrics. My goal is to have a CD that keeps the listener from beginning to end. 'Roads Less Travelled' reflects my belief in taking music somewhere new.”
'Roads Less Travelled' will showcase Barre's dexterity on electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin with assistance from the Martin Barre Band: vocalists Dan Crisp, Becca Langsford and Alex Hart, bassists Alan Thompson and Buster Cottam, drummers Darby Todd and Aaron Graham, along with percussionist and keyboardist Josiah J.
Pre-orders for the album will be available soon and a lead single should also follow. Meanwhile, take a look at the tracklisting and the album art below.
Album art for Martin Barre's 'Roads Less Travelled':
Barre was the guitarist for rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 – 2012. Jethro Tull has sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and 5 platinum albums among them and was described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands". Barre appeared on all but their debut album during his 33-year stint with Tull and is the longest-serving member after Ian Anderson. Barre’s solo on Jethro Tull’s 1971 hit Aqualung has been repeatedly voted as one of the top guitar solos of all time. Barre has been cited as an important influence by many virtuoso players, including Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai & Jo Satriani and can count the likes of Mark Knopfler and Geddy Lee amongst his many fans.
For four decades, Barre’s career focused on Jethro Tull but in the 1990s Barre began to perform as a solo artist and has since released seven solo studio albums. On these recordings, Barre combined rock and guitar-oriented fusion in his sound.
'Roads Less Travelled' tracklisting:
1. Lone Wolf
2. Out of Time
3. On My Way
4. Roads Less Travelled
5. Badcore Blues
7. For No Man
8. (This Is) My Driving Song
9. You Are An Angel
11 And The Band Played On