It’s been a long time since Gregg Rolie last released a studio album, and even though 2001’s “Roots” was followed by a concert set “Rain Dance” in 2007 and the “Five Days” EP in 2011, the veteran’s aficionados wanted a full-length offering from him. Finally, Rolie’s ready to roll it out: October 11th will see the issue of “Sonic Ranch” – named after a Texas recording facility where Gregg laid down half of the songs. The pieces on display include both fresh and already familiar numbers – cut anew as well.
Among the latter are the covers of Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel” and what looks like Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” – a fun for every keyboard player – as well as an update of JOURNEY’s “Look Into The Future” which Rolie co-wrote with Neal Schon who plays on a couple of the album’s tracks. So does Steve Lukather, Gregg’s colleague in Ringo Starr’s band; and it was the Fabs’ drummer who inspired the record’s first single “What About Love” that’s available for streaming now. Other musicians on “Ranch” include SANTANA rhythm section, Rolie’s former bandmates Alphonso Johnson and Michael Shrieve.
All in all, there are 13 numbers:
1. Give Me Tomorrow – feat. Steve Lukather
2. Breaking My Heart – feat. Neal Schon
3. What About Love
4. That’s The Way It Goes
5. Only You
6. They Want It All – feat. Steve Lukather
7. Lift Me Up – feat. Neal Schon
10. Look Into The Future
12. If I Went Home
13. Don’t Be Cruel