First Solo Album In Nearly 2 Decades Finds Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Revisiting Songs That Span the Length of His Career as Artist, Performer, Producer, Arranger & Songwriter!
Soulfire is Stevie Van Zandt's first solo album in close to two decades and without question his purest and most uniquely personal artistic statement thus far. The album sees the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revisiting songs that span the length of his career as artist, performer, producer, arranger, and songwriter, focusing directly on the hugely influential "soul horns-meet-rock 'n' roll guitars" approach he first pioneered on Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes' classic first three albums.
"I've always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual," Van Zandt says. "I need a big picture, I can't just do a collection of songs, that doesn't work for me. In this case, the concept became me. Who am I? I'm kind of my own genre at this point. So I tried to pick material that when you added it all up, really represented me. So there are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I've written and co-written over the years. This record is me doing me."
Soulfire was arranged and produced by Van Zandt at his own Renegade Studios in New York City, co-produced and recorded by Grammy Award-winner Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne) and co-produced by guitarist Marc Ribler. Background vocals on "I Don't Want To Go Home" and "The City Weeps Tonight" come courtesy of renowned a cappella group, The Persuasions. Soulfire was mixed and mastered by Van Zandt's career-long collaborators and friends Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bryan Adams), and Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone).