Troy Redfern to release new studio album “…The Fire Cosmic!” on August 6th 2021

Troy Redfern The Fire Cosmic cover
British slide guitarist and singer-songwriter, Troy Redfern, dubbed by the British press as “the King of slide guitar”, will release his new single “Waiting For Your Love” on Friday May 21st. The single is taken from his forthcoming album “…The Fire Cosmic!” released by RED7 Records on Friday August 6th, 2021. Watch the trailer for the single below.

Described by Troy as, “a bombastic, sassy blues boogie”, “Waiting For Your Love”, is available to pre-save and stream here. The album “…The Fire Cosmic!” is available to pre-order here.

The new album follows five unprecedented albums that Troy released in 2020. It was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in North Wales, the same studio where Queen recorded all their early albums including “Sheer Heart Attack” (1974) followed by “A Night at the Opera” (1975) – the latter featuring the legendary single “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  

For the recording of the new album, Troy enlisted one of the best rhythm sections in the UK, including the legendary Darby Todd on drums (The Darkness, Robben Ford, Martin Barre, Paul Gilbert), virtuoso bass guitarist Dave Marks (Hans Zimmer), and guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns ‘N Roses, Asia, Sons of Apollo), in what Troy describes as “the ultimate dream team” what is arguably the British guitarist’s most distinctive and powerful release to date.

Says Troy: “I chose Rockfield Studios because so much of the music I grew up listening to was recorded at this legendary studio (Queen, Black Sabbath, Mott The Hoople). The studio is hallowed ground for every musician, and the rooms there are charged with so much magic and history of all the iconic, classic albums that have been produced there. It was important for me to capture the raw energy of three guys playing live in the same place, at the same time. That’s something that you just can't get if you’re sending files from different locations, it doesn’t have the same vibe or feel if you do it that way. As soon as we arrived at Rockfield, everyone, including Darby and Dave who’ve recorded all over the world, were excited to be there”, continues Troy. “It’s that kind of place. It has that effect on every musician who records there. Even before we started recording, the energy and vibe was there, which definitely set the tone for the entire album”.

Troy cut his teeth and refined his style over the last few years, playing festival main stages and blazing a trail across Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. He’s also become a well-known draw on the UK Blues Rock festival circuit, playing alongside rock luminaries including Robert Plant.

“Troy is a passionate, intense, free-spirited musician whose ferocious slide guitar style twists and turns timeless themes and ideas to his own ends. He’s a musical visionary unafraid to trample on the boundaries of restricting labels”, said Blues Matters Magazine.

The forthcoming studio album is a culmination everything Troy has learnt so far on his musical journey, and, more importantly, brings into sharp focus a much tighter song-writing and more visceral, muscular production style.

For production duties, Troy enlisted the Brighton- based producer Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley, best known for his epic rock production style, and whom Troy met and had worked with previously on the 2019 RHR album, Hotel Toledo. Troy and Win bonded immediately, and shared the same musical aesthetic, no nonsense work ethic and dry sense of humour.

Rockfield’s vintage mics, mixing desk, and analogue outboard gear gave Win options to capture the dynamic performances on the album. “It was like being a kid in a candy store”, says Win.

“It was important for the album to sound massive”, says Troy. “It was a much bigger sound than anything that I’ve released before. As soon as we heard the first takes in the control, we were blown away. We knew that we captured something special. It sounded fantastic”.

“For the session, Darby Todd brought his vintage Ludwig Vistalite acrylic drums of John Bonham fame. The drums are renowned for sounding massive. Hearing them in one of the best drum rooms in the world, they sounded out of this world! Roger Taylor’s drums recorded for Queen’s "Sheer Heart Attack" album at Rockfield are some of my favourite drum sounds ever”.

Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal states: “It all starts with the drums, if you’ve got a great drummer, great sounding room, great board, it’s going to sound phenomenal, and it does!”...

“I met Ron at a festival in Poland that we were both playing at, we immediately hit it off”, recalls Troy. “He let me use his signature double neck guitar to play on Anthony Gomes encore set at the festival, that was an absolute blast. He’s such a cool, generous guy. When I returned to the UK, I emailed him to ask if he’d like to play on my new album. He was totally fired up to do it”.

Troy continues: “The album really is a step up. It’s the best album I’ve made. Hiring Rockfield, getting the best players, the best producer – it was a risk, but it paid off tenfold. I’ve made an album I really couldn't be happier with. With all the hard work that went into getting this album to sound as great as possible, there was only one option when it came to mastering. I decided to hire Frank Arkwright (Biffy Clyro, Oasis, Iggy Pop, Paul Weller, System of a Down). Frank is the senior mastering engineer at Abbey Road Studios. The mastering at Abbey Road added that final sheen. Frank did an absolutely amazing job in bringing out every nuance of the recording.

When it came to the album artwork, I was originally going to get an artist from Brazil to do it for me, however, I started working on some artwork of my own in the silver age Marvel comics style, based on the four guys that were on the album. I posted a few visuals on the socials and was overwhelmed by the response. It was a huge kick getting responses from Joe Satriani, Richie Kotzen and my slide guitar hero Denny Walley of Frank Zappa fame. As a result, I created my own comic-style illustrations to package the album”.

1. Scorpi0
2. Waiting For Your Love
3. One Way Ticket
4. Love And War
5. On Fire
6. Lay That Love Down
7. Ghosts
8. Saving Grace
9. Sanctify
10. Stone

Troy Redfern on tour with Wille & The Bandits. See all dates below. Get tickets here.

UK Tour Dates 2022:
Friday 4 March 2022 - Palladium, Bideford
Saturday 5 March 2022 - Old Bakery, Truro
Sunday 6 March 2022 - Phoenix, Exeter
Wednesday 9 March 2022 - The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 10 March 2022 - The Flowerpot, Derby
Friday 11 March 2022 - The Bullingdon, Oxford
Saturday 12 March 2022 - Philharmonic, Liverpool
Wednesday 16 March 2022 - Continental, Preston
Thursday 17 March 2022 - Bodega, Nottingham
Friday 18 March 2022 - Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Saturday 19 March 2022 - The Cluny, Newcastle
Wednesday 23 March 2022 - Elsewhere, Margate
Thursday 24 March 2022 - Junction, Cambridge
Friday 25 March 2022 - The 100 Club, London
Saturday 26 March 2022 - Thekla, Bristol
Wednesday 30 March 2022 - Guildhall, Gloucester
Thursday 31 March 2022 - The Greystones, Sheffield
Friday 1 April 2022 - Town Hall, Selby
Saturday 2 April 2022 - The Tivoli, Buckley
Wednesday 6 April 2022 - The Star, Guildford
Thursday 7 April 2022 - The Robin, Bilston
Friday 8 April 2022 - Arts Centre, Bridgwater
Saturday 9 April 2022 - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
Thursday 21 April 2022 - Nightrain, Bradford
Friday 22 April 2022 - The Tivoli, Wimborne
Saturday 23 April 2022 - Ropetackle, Brighton

Troy Redfern – Vovals, Guitars
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal – Guitars (Track 5)
Darby Todd – Drums
Dave Marks - Bass, Piano, Keys, Percussion