Pretty hard to believe it’s been 20 years since [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eagles[/lastfm] git-fiddle guy, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joe Walsh[/lastfm], released a solo offering with 1992′s “Songs For A Dying Planet.” These days, most of our daily data, including music, video, phone calls, etc., have been digitally converted into patterns of simple zeros and ones. See what Joe has to say about that with “Analog Man,” available June 5th, and take a listen to the title track..
Analog Man (Fantasy Records/Concord label) is produced by ELO main man, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jeff Lynne[/lastfm], with an appearance from Joe’s bro-in-law, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ringo Starr[/lastfm], pounding drum skins on the track, “Lucky That Way.” Joe said the new 10 tune album is dedicated to his wife, Marjorie Bach, sister of Ringo’s wife, Barbara. “These songs come from the heart,” Walsh said while announcing the album.
On a side note, I first ran into Joe Walsh in the Amateur Radio Service, commonly called Ham Radio, back in San Diego. He was transmitting in…guess what…one of the oldest analog modes in radio, what we all know as AM. From time to time, you’ll still find him browsing through old gear at the local Ham Radio store. In his home, you can see stacks of classic analog communications equipment:
Voicing his frustration with the digital age, Joe Walsh is hard core. Check out this lyric from the title track of Analog Man: “When something goes wrong, I don’t have a clue/some 10-year-old smart-a** has to show me what to do.” Wanna hear more? Point your ears at Walsh’s official website for a listen!
Here’s my former SoCal neighbor, cutting up and having fun with one of his own classics, performed in analog and recorded digitally (he he):