Myles Kennedy will be releasing his second solo album, The Ides of March, on May 14, 2021, via Napalm Records.
While the pandemic has put a stop to most touring, Kennedy took the time spent at home to create the framework for the song ideas that would make up The Ides Of March. He then called up his cohorts from his Year Of The Tiger debut – longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier – and the three musicians drove to Florida to record the album with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.
The finished result is the an album that incorporates Kennedy’s love of rock/blues/country. From the slide guitar riffs of the album opener “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind,” Kennedy has crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album.
While Year Of The Tiger was more of an acoustic exploration through Kennedy’s’ mind, The Ides Of March finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words,” “Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse music arrangements that has garnered fans globally across all of his projects. The epic “The Ides Of March” clocks in at over 7-minutes and Kennedy, Tournier and Uddin showcase their musical chops on the track. The first single, “In Stride,” opens with Kennedy showcasing his slide playing before delivering a lyrical message to “take it all in stride.” The video for “In Stride” marks a return by Stefano Bertelli (who created the “Native Son” video for Alter Bridge) and shows an animated Kennedy as he takes the end of the world in stride.
“Chill out. That pretty much sums it up,” explained Kennedy about the single. “The lyric paints a picture of a survivalist preparing for an impending zombie apocalypse. It was inspired by the first wave of lockdowns as everyone was buying vast amounts of toilet paper and supplies. I started to ask myself if it might be wise to try and gain some perspective and not overreact… keep calm and carry on.”
The Ides Of March tracklisting:
1) Get Along
2) A Thousand Words
3) In Stride
4) The Ides of March
5) Wake Me When It’s Over
6) Love Rain Down
7) Tell It Like It Is
9) Wanderlust Begins
10) Sifting Through The Fire
11) Worried Mind
At this point, Kennedy’s voice precedes him. Certainly, it courses through six chart-topping albums from gold-selling rock juggernaut Alter Bridge, three records with Slash and The Conspirators, two albums from The Mayfield Four, his 2018 solo debut Year of the Tiger, and guest appearances for everyone from Disturbed and Halestorm to Gov’t Mule, Sevendust, Mark Morton and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. For as much as he remains renowned for his skyscraping timbre and earth-quaking bluesy wail, his musicianship also encompasses eloquent songcraft, thoughtful cinematic arrangements, and, of course, dynamic guitar fireworks as explosive as his astounding vocal range.
Kennedy burst on the music scene in 1990, but it wasn¹t until 1995, through his band The Mayfield Four, that he gained some notoriety. It was when the Mayfield Four toured opening for hitmakers Creed that Kennedy would meet Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. This meeting would eventually lead to the formation of Alter Bridge, the band that would become Kennedy’s calling card to the world.
In 2008, the legacy of Kennedy was circling the music industry and eventually found its way to members of Led Zeppelin. A now legendary story, Kennedy was asked to jam with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for a potential project that never materialized. In 2009, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was working on a solo project and tapped Kennedy to do vocals on two songs on that release. That partnership would lead to Kennedy becoming the vocalist for his other rock band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. This relationship would also lead to Myles Kennedy singing for the iconic Guns N’ Roses at their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2012 after band founder Axl Rose was unable to attend.
Through Myles’ various projects, he has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Conan” and has had music used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few; and appeared in the motion picture “Rock Star.”
2018 marked a new chapter in Kennedy’s career when he released his long-awaited debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger, to critical and commercial success. With his new solo album, The Ides Of March, Kennedy showcases the talent that has made him one of the premier frontmen of modern music today.