Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry has recruited a slew of musicians to be featured on his upcoming studio album, Avonmore, due to be released November 18th. This record follows up his 2012 The Jazz Age which featured an orchestra Ferry assembled himself that revisited Roxy classics and some of his 2010 solo album, Olympia, with a 1920’s twist. His newest project will have iconic guests such as Flea, Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Spector, Maceo Parker, Mark Knopfler and sometime Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock bassist Marcus Miller. Avonmore also includes eight new originals, and two more “new” covers (“Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim and “Johnny and Mary” by Robert Palmer, now a collaboration with EDM producer Todd Terje).
In collaboration with EDM producer Todd Terje, Ferry recorded chilling vocals and played piano on “Johnny and Mary” for Terje’s recent LP, It’s Album Time. At the time, Ferry explained that, “I eventually met Terje in Oslo when I was on tour with my band, and we got on famously…. I have always liked Robert Palmer’s beautiful song ‘Johnny and Mary’ with its haunting lyrics. Initially we tried it fast like the original, but later Terje gave it a different slower feel, which was much better.”
In anticipation of Avonmore’s release, Ferry has previewed the new wave, funk single “Loop De Li,” making it available for streaming on YouTube, and unveiled his list of of special guest musicians. Ferry will head out on a brief U.S. before the album is out, and will then finish out the year touring in Europe. The track list for Avonmore is as follows: “Loop De Li,” “Midnight Train,” “Soldier of Fortune,” “Driving Me Wild,” “A Special Kind of Guy,” “Avonmore,” “Lost,” “One Night Stand,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Johnny and Mary.” Bryan Ferry’s fall tour dates include September 23rd at The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI; 9/25 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON; 9/26 at St. Denis Theatre in Montreal, QC; 9/28 and 9/29 at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.; 10/01 at Beacon Theatre in New York, NY; 10/02 at Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA; and lastly 10/04 at Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.