The COVID-19 shutdown has left artists unable to tour for a year, but if there’s any look-on-the-bright-side outcome, it’s that many of them have had plenty of time on their hands to write and record.
One of those artists is electric guitar legend Carlos Santana, who recently told ABC Audio (opens in new tab) that he has not one, not two, but three new albums in the works, including one, Blessings and Miracles, that he says is “90-percent completed” and will feature a guest spot from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.
What’s more, Santana said, "He's tearing it up."
Hammett, it’s worth noting, also appeared on the 2020's album Give the Drummer Some from Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana.
Additional guest musicians on Blessings and Miracles, Santana hinted, may include Steve Winwood and Living Colour frontman Corey Glover.
As for the effect the pandemic has had on his creativity, Santana said, "I just feel really, really grateful. I'm 73 and…because of this time that I'm allowed to just replenish and nourish…[a]ll the notes are like really, really juicy and powerful."