A handful of A-list electric guitar heroes have been recruited by guitarist Brian Tarquin for a new studio album that will be released in support of military veterans.
Titled Brian Tarquin & Heavy Friends: Brothers in Arms, the record will arrive February 3, with partial proceeds going towards the Fisher House Foundation – an organization that supplies housing to veterans’ families while they are hospitalized.
Tarquin – who has played with Leslie West, Billy Sheehan and more in the past – has called upon Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal for the release.
Dokken’s Alex De Rosso, Coheed & Cambria’s Travis Stever, Armored Saint’s Jeff Duncan and Tangerine Dream’s Gerald Gradwohl also have guest spots, alongside Chris Haskett of the Henry Rollins Band and Johannes Weik of Son of a Bach.
Tarquin, who previously produced Guitars For Wounded Warriors, composed, produced and performed all of the guitar and bass parts – apart from the guest solos, of course – and recruited session drummer Reggie Pryor for the album.
Of the upcoming album Tarquin reflected, “It was a great experience to record the album featuring such great musicians.”
Satch, who will be playing a solo on a track titled Speed of Sound, said he was “honored” to be a part of the project, while Moore described the experience as “a lot of fun”.
“It's a great honor to be part of this album, in support of our beloved veterans and their families,” commented Bumblefoot. “They deserve the very best.”
The first track from the album – the Satch-featuring Speed of Sound – can be heard over on Brian Tarquin’s website.
Brian Tarquin & Heavy Friends: Brothers in Arms’ tracklist can be found below.
- Speed of Sound feat. Joe Satriani
- Kiss My Axe feat. Vinnie Moore
- Luxor feat. Bumblefoot
- Hounds of Hell feat. Johannes Weik, Budapest Symphony Orchestra
- Devil's Tombstone feat. Alex De Rosso
- Black Widow feat. Travis Stever
- Stryker feat. Jeff Duncan
- D-Day feat. Johannes Weik
- Saigon Sally feat. Gerald Gradwohl
- Purple Heart feat. Chris Haskett