Moody Blues Guitarist Justin Hayward to Release New Album, 'Spirits of the Western Sky'

Moody Blues lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Justin Hayward will release a new solo album, Spirits Of The Western Sky, on February 26 through Eagle Records.

The new album, which was recorded in Genoa, Italy, and Nashville, will be Hayward’s first solo album since 1996’s The View From The Hill. The album promises plenty of Hayward's trademark guitar and vocals, plus three country- and bluegrass-influenced songs.

It also features orchestrations by Academy Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.

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“Anne is one of the true greats, in the same rarefied class of orchestrators as Peter Knight, who was such an inspiration in my early Moody Blues days," Hayward said. "I’ve worked with Anne on different projects over the years, and it’s always a joy. I also co-wrote a song with my friend Kenny Loggins. He and I were on the road and staying in the same hotel. We had a great day playing guitar together and we came up with "On The Road To Love." Kenny plays and sings on the track with me."

For more about Hayward, check out his official website.

Spirits Of The Western Sky track listing:

  • 01. In Your Blue Eyes
  • 02. One Day, Someday
  • 03. The Western Sky
  • 04. The Eastern Sun
  • 05. On The Road To Love
  • 06. Lazy Afternoon
  • 07. In The Beginning
  • 08. It’s Cold Outside Of Your Heart
  • 09. What You Resist Persists
  • 10. Broken Dream
  • 11. Captivated By You
  • 12. One Day, Someday (Alternative Extended Version)
  • 13. Rising
  • 14. Out There Somewhere
  • 15. Out There Somewhere (Raul Rincon Remix)

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.