Dion’s next studio album, Stomping Ground, will now be available on November 19, two weeks later than the date that had been previously announced for its release. The delay was necessitated by a production delay that jeopardized the originally planned release.
To date three singles from the album have been made available on digital platforms. These include “Take It Back” with Joe Bonamassa guesting and “I’ve Got To Get To You” with Boz Scaggs, Joe Menza and Mike Menza joining in. Just last week “Angel in the Alleyways” the track featuring Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen was released.
A spokesperson for Keeping The Blues Alive Records, the label set to issue Stomping Ground, commented, “We are sorry that the originally announced release date cannot be met in light of current supply chain and manufacturing issues. The new street date is the soonest that the production deadlines would allow. Unfortunately, the CD and vinyl manufacturing industry have been plagued with several delays that are affecting many artists’ products and we are navigating this new reality the best we can. We thank Dion’s many fans for their continuing patience and are confident they will find Dion’s latest more than worth the wait.” She also noted that the release of the vinyl LP version of the album is expected before the end of the year.
Stomping Ground, produced by Wayne Hood and Dion, features a total of 14 tracks and includes musical contributions by Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Keb’ Mo, Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Vivino, G.E. Smith, Rickie Lee Jones as well as the aforementioned Bonamassa, Scaggs and the Menzas. The album also includes original liner notes by Pete Townshend.
Stomping Ground CD track listing
1. Take It Back
with Joe Bonamassa
2. Hey Diddle Diddle with G.E. Smith
3. Dancing Girl with Mark Knopfler
4. If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll with Eric Clapton
5. There Was A Time with Peter Frampton
6. Cryin’ Shame with Sonny Landreth
7. The Night Is Young with Joe Menza & Wayne Hood
8. That’s What The Doctor Said with Steve Conn
9. My Stomping Ground with Billy Gibbons
10. Angel In The Alleyways with Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen
11. I’ve Got To Get To You with Boz Scaggs & Joe and Mike Menza
12. Red House with Keb’ Mo’
13. I Got My Eyes On You Baby with Marcia Ball & Jimmy Vivino
14. I’ve Been Watching with Rickie Lee Jones & Wayne Hood
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About Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) Records
The new independent record label is an offshoot of Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa’s non-profit that aims to conserve the art of music in schools and preserve the rich culture and history of the blues. Bonamassa along with his long-time manager, Roy Weisman, have expanded their business by creating the new label.
The first release from KTBA was Dion’s album Blues with Friends, released to critical acclaim in June 2020; thereafter, it stayed at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart for several weeks. In February 2021, KTBA Records released Joanna Connor’s album 4801 South Indiana Avenue which received rave reviews worldwide and earned her a #1 album on Billboard’s Blues Chart. KTBA’s catalogue is growing quickly with new projects on the horizon including The Blues Album, Joanne Shaw Taylor’s first covers album available on September 24th and Dion’s Stomping Ground, as described here.
KTBA Records’ main objective is to provide a platform for musical talent in blues and blues-rock based music and helping promote the careers of extraordinary musical talent. The label works synergistically with the non-profit’s mission of supporting musicians to continue the legacy of the blues. 10% of all profits from KTBA Records are donated to the non-profit.
KTBA Records is the next step for Bonamassa in the evolution of music and the business of creating it. It represents Joe’s continuing efforts, spanning the last 25 years, in support the artistic community. It reflects the philosophy of paying it forward just as so many did for him in the hope of paving the way for blues artists in the future. Visit www.KTBArecords.com for further information.