2020 debut album from Mike Campbell (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers). Also available on CD.
While 2020’s ‘Wreckless Abandon’ is their first official release and occasion to tour, The Dirty Knobs first came together 15 years ago after Mike Campbell met guitarist Jason Sinay at a session and liked the way their guitars sounded together. After adding the acclaimed rhythm section of bassist Lance Morrison and drummer Matt Laug, The Dirty Knobs became an outlet for Campbell to work on some of the other songs he was writing between Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers records and touring.
They got together when schedules permitted, playing music without an agenda, expectations or deadlines, without worrying about outcome or hits, pushing boundaries of taste, imagination, and genres and creating some of the most brutally confident yet psychically dangerous rock and roll since sonic-renegade juggernauts the Yardbirds first sauntered onto a London stage and ripped into “For Your Love.”
They recorded the album at Campbell’s home studio, Hocus Pocus Recorders, in just three weeks’ time, before the guitarist went out on the road in 2018 as a member of Fleetwood Mac. The Knobs tapped legendary producer George Drakoulias, who had also produced Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 2002 album ‘The Last DJ’, to co-produce,with all songs written by Campbell.
The album features further contributions from Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Stapleton as well as fellow Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers founding-member, Benmont Tench. Additionally, Klaus Voormann, who is best known for doing the art for The Beatles’ Revolver, created the album artwork.
Tracklisting: Wreckless Abandon / Pistol Packin’ Mama (feat. Chris Stapleton) / Sugar / Southern Boy / I Still Love You / Irish Girl / Fuck That Guy / Don’t Knock The Boogie / Don’t Wait / Anna Lee / Aw Honey / Loaded Gun / Don’t Knock The Boogie (Coda)