Guitarist and singer-songwriter, TROY REDFERN, dubbed as Britain’s “King of slide guitar,” releases Sanctify his new single and music video on Friday August 6th; the same day as has his new album The Fire Cosmic.
Watch the psychedelic video, directed by Charlie Smith of Mind Art Visual HERE.
Sanctify is the third single taken from The Fire Cosmic. It follows hot on the heels of his previous single Ghosts which was playlisted on Planet Rock with spot plays on many other radio stations.
Written on a beat up 1929 National Triolian Resonator, Sanctify is described by Troy as a “heavy blues-billy boogie stomp.”
Sanctify epitomises everything that Troy Redfern does best – honest heavy-weight blues – John Lee Hooker riﬀs on steroids, thunderous bass by Dave Marks and the ‘foot to the ﬂoor’ drums of Darby Todd.
The new album, The Fire Cosmic, follows five unprecedented albums that Troy released in 2020. It was recorded at the legendary Rockﬁeld Studios in North Wales, the same studio where Queen recorded all their early albums including Sheer Heart Attack (1974) followed by A Night At The Opera (1975).
For the new album, Troy enlisted one of the best rhythm sections in the UK, including the legendary Darby Todd on drums (The Darkness, Paul Gilbert), and bass guitarist Dave Marks (Hans Zimmer). Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns ‘N Roses, Asia, Sons of Apollo), plays guitar on the song On Fire.
Troy describes the contributors on the album as “the ultimate dream team” on what is arguably the British guitarist’s most distinctive and powerful release to date.
“I chose Rockﬁeld Studios because so much of the music I grew up listening to was recorded at this legendary studio (Queen, Black Sabbath),” says Troy. “The studio has a timeless reputation for all the iconic, classic albums that have been produced there.”
“It was important for me to capture the raw energy of three guys playing live in the same place, at the same time. That’s something that you just can’t get if you’re sending ﬁles from diﬀerent locations, it doesn’t have the same vibe or feel if you do it that way.”
As soon as we arrived at Rockﬁeld, everyone, including Darby and Dave who’ve recorded all over the world, were excited to be there,” continues Troy. “It’s that kind of place. It has that eﬀect on every musician who records there. Even before we started recording, the energy and vibe was there, which deﬁnitely set the tone for the entire album.”
Troy cut his teeth and reﬁned his style over the last few years, playing festival main stages and blazing a trail across Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. He’s also become a well-known draw on the UK Blues Rock festival circuit, playing alongside rock luminaries including Robert Plant.
The forthcoming studio album is a culmination everything Troy has learnt so far on his musical journey, and, more importantly, brings into sharp focus a much tighter song-writing and more visceral, muscular production style.
For production duties, Troy enlisted the Brighton- based producer Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley, best known for his epic rock production style, and whom Troy met and had worked with previously on the 2019 RHR album, Hotel Toledo. Troy and Win bonded immediately, and shared the same musical aesthetic, no nonsense work ethic and dry sense of humour.
Rockﬁeld’s vintage mics, mixing desk, and analogue outboard gear gave Win options to capture the dynamic performances on the album. “It was like being a kid in a candy store,” says Win.
“It was important for the album to sound massive,” says Troy. “It was a much bigger sound than anything that I’ve released before. As soon as we heard the ﬁrst takes in the control, we were blown away. We knew that we captured something special. It sounded fantastic.”
TROY REDFERN – VOCALS, GUITARS
RON ‘BUMBLEFOOT’ THAL – GUITARS (TRACK 5)
DARBY TODD – DRUMS
DAVE MARKS – BASS, PIANO, KEYS, PERCUSSION
RECORDED & MIXED AT ROCKFIELD STUDIOS BY PAUL ‘WIN’ WINSTANLEY
ASSISTANT ENGINEER – JOE JONES
MASTERED BY FRANK ARKWRIGHT AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
- SCORPIO (4:50)
- WAITING FOR YOUR LOVE (3:34)
- ONE WAY TICKET (3:50)
- LOVE & WAR (4:37)
- ON FIRE (4:09)
- LAY THAT LOVE DOWN (3:23)
- GHOSTS (4:02)
- SAVING GRACE (4:07)
- SANCTIFY (3:46)
- STONE (5:50)
Cardiff, The Globe – Thursday 16 September 2021
Sittingbourne, The Bourne Music Club – Friday 17 September 2021
Chester, Live Rooms – Saturday 18 September 2021
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – Sunday 19 September 2021
Newcastle, The Cluny – Monday 20 September 2021
Manchester, Night & Day – Tuesday 21 September 2021
Nottingham, The Bodega – Wednesday 22 September 2021
London, The 100 Club – Thursday 23 September 2021
Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms – Friday 24 September 2021
Aberdeen, Cafe Drummond – Saturday 25 September 2021
Hartlepool, South Durham Steel Works Club – Sunday 26 September 2021
ON TOUR WITH ‘WILLE & THE BANDITS’
Rescheduled March/April 2022 UK Tour
Palladium, Bideford – Friday 4 March 2022
Old Bakery, Truro – Saturday 5 March 2022
Phoenix, Exeter – Sunday 6 March 2022
The Musician, Leicester – Wednesday 9 March 2022
The Flowerpot, Derby – Thursday 10 March 2022
The Bullingdon, Oxford – Friday 11 March 2022
Philharmonic, Liverpool – Saturday 12 March 2022
Continental, Preston – Wednesday 16 March 2022
Bodega, Nottingham – Thursday 17 March 2022
Hug & Pint, Glasgow – Friday 18 March 2022
The Cluny, Newcastle – Saturday 19 March 2022
Elsewhere, Margate – Wednesday 23 March 2022
Junction, Cambridge – Thursday 24 March 2022
The 100 Club, London – Friday 25 March 2022
Thekla, Bristol – Saturday 26 March 2022
Guildhall, Gloucester – Wednesday 30 March 2022
The Greystones, Sheffield – Thursday 31 March 2022
Town Hall, Selby – Friday 1 April 2022
The Tivoli, Buckley – Saturday 2 April 2022
The Star, Guildford – Wednesday 6 April 2022
The Robin, Bilston – Thursday 7 April 2022
Arts Centre, Bridgwater – Friday 8 April 2022
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon – Saturday 9 April 2022
Nightrain, Bradford – Thursday 21 April 2022
The Tivoli, Wimborne – Friday 22 April 2022
Ropetackle, Brighton – Saturday 23 April 2022