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Hear Brian Setzer’s New Solo Single, “Checkered Flag”

New single is featured on Setzer's forthcoming solo album, Gotta Have The Rumble

Brian Setzer
Brian Setzer. Credit: Russ Harrington. Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Brian Setzer will release Gotta Have The Rumble, his first solo album in 7 years, August 27 on Surfdog Records physically (CD) and digitally, with the vinyl out this fall. This past week, the iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy award-winner shared the first single/video, “Checkered Flag,” off the 11-track all-original album. You can watch the animated music video depicting a classic hot rod race created by graphic artist Juan Pinto in the player below.

Produced by Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell and Cheap Trick), Gotta Have The Rumble contains songs, all written or co-written by Setzer, and was recorded in Minneapolis (Setzer’s adopted hometown) and Nashville. Gotta Have The Rumble is a red-hot album from start to finish–American music amped up to 10–with songs that are full of dynamism and bravado. Highlights include “Checkered Flag,” “Smash Up On Highway One,” “Drip Drop,” “The Cat with 9 Wives,” “One Bad Habit” and “Rockabilly Banjo.” The track listing is below.
 
“Obviously, it’s a reference to my motorcycles and hot rods, something that hasn’t changed since I was 15 years old,” says Setzer about the album title Gotta Have The Rumble. “I still have the same passion for going fast and adrenaline. But it’s also about my hearing problem with tinnitus–the ringing of the ear. It was pretty bad, and I realized that I couldn’t play the way I wanted to. As I recovered, standing in front of a small amplifier just didn’t cut it. The sound from my big amp makes the guitar rumble. Which is a big part of my sound. I was really despondent for a while because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do that again. So, ‘Gotta Have The Rumble’ refers to both of those things.”

Brian Setzer – Checkered Flag (Official Music Video)

Brian Setzer Gotta Have the Rumble Album Track Listing

1. Checkered Flag
2. Smash Up On Highway One
3. Stack My Money
4. The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
5. Drip Drop
6. The Cat With 9 Wives
7. Turn You On, Turn Me On
Written by Brian Setzer
8. Rockabilly Riot
9.  Off Your Rocker
10. One Bad Habit
11. Rockabilly Banjo


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