The DIRTY KNOBS – ” Wreckless Abandon “

Posted: November 19, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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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. More than a decade ago, Campbell took the helm of his own band, the Dirty Knobs—an irreverent, spontaneous unit that veered from originals to a grab bag of ’60s and ’70s deep-cut covers and curiosities. But with the Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac taking the lion’s share of Campbell’s time, there was rarely time to accomplish much until now.  Wreckless Abandon was whittled down from a backlog of eclectic originals to a slab of boisterous, rockin’ economy that reflects the rowdiest and most irreverent side of the band.

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.

‘Wreckless Abandon’, the highly anticipated debut album guitarist and songwriter Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) and his band The Dirty Knobs. Of the project, Campbell explains, ‘The Dirty Knobs first got together almost fifteen years ago but ‘Wreckless Abandon’ is our first album. The Knobs became an outlet for me to play some of the other songs I was writing and to keep the creative juices flowing in between working on albums and tours with Tom and The Heartbreakers’.

The Dirty 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. and additionally renonwed bassist , Klaus Voormann, who is best known for doing the art for the Beatles’ Revolver, created the album artwork

The Dirty Knobs, “Wreckless Abandon” available on BMG Records 20th November 2020.

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