Former Animals vocalist Eric Burdon is set to release a new solo album called Til Your River Runs Dry on Sept. 18 via ABKCO Records. The album was recorded in 2010 and 2011 in New Orleans and California, but as Burdon notes, it had been in the works for much longer.
“It took longer than any other album, not because of time spent in the studio, but because of the subject matter of the songs I wanted to put out there,” said Burdon.
The subject matter Burdon speaks of deals heavily with his musical idols that hail from the Delta, as well as the region itself.
“The whole Katrina situation touched me deeply,” said Burdon. “It’s the birthplace of all the music that I love.”
Bo Diddley, one of his chief influences, died during the recording process, prompting him to write the song “Bo Diddley Special.” He also recorded some of the album with Fats Domino’s band in New Orleans, including a song he wrote after the legendary pianist was reported to be missing after the flood.
“Global warming, the potential disaster of the water crisis… too much water, too little water. I chose the title, because there are so many times in one’s life, when one feels he has nothing more to offer. But no, my river has not run dry. I offer this as a bit of hope that we, as the human race, will find new sources of replenishment and inspiration.”
You can listen to the album’s first single, “Memorial Day,” below: