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California Breed - California Breed

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California Breed is a power trio that includes vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Andrew Watt. If your are looking for a mix of "Led Zeppelin", "AC/DC", "Whitesnake" and "Alice in Chains" this is the place for you!

The rhythm section came from the supergroup "Black Country Communion" which split in 2013 after only four years, in part because of guitarist Joe Bonamassa's tight schedule and the demanding commitments of his solo career. Vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham decided they had too much of a good thing going on and founded "California Breed" with 23-year-old guitarist/vocalist Andrew Watt.

Hughes received a telephone call from Julian Lennon; he suggested the 23-year-old Watt. During his first rehearsal with Hughes, the pair wrote two songs. The bassist was impressed by the final product of this session and called Bonham, who enthusiastically agreed.

(Photo: Metalhammer)

After writing a substantial amount of material, the trio decided to record with producer Dave Cobb at his Nashville studio. They cut the album live from the floor, and the two tracks written by Watt and Hughes on that first day "Chemical Rain" and "Solo" both made the final album cut.

While Bonham's drums are as dominant as Hughes' voice, the interplay between the latter's basslines and Watt's wide-ranging guitar technique is a true highlight. He plays loads of solos on the album, but they are short and focused, and unabashedly reveal his influences from Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Cantrell, but precision and fluidity come down the line from Jeff Beck ("Invisible" and "Scars").

The hard-rocking meld of blues, post-grunge, and funk was issued album named "California Breed" was issued on May 20th 2014.

Listen to the album on: Spotify, Apple Music.

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