Joe Walsh's Barnstorm have reportedly recorded their first album together in almost 50 years

Joe Walsh performs with Barnstorm in 1973
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Back in late 1971, Joe Walsh – the electric guitar master who would go on to play with the Eagles – grew tired of being the frontman and primary songwriter of his band, the James Gang, and formed a new group, Barnstorm.

Primarily featuring Walsh, Joe Vitale on drums and Kenny Passarelli on bass guitar, Barnstorm recorded two albums – a self-titled effort in 1972, and 1973's The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get – but had disbanded by 1974. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.