MIKE CAMPBELL and the DIRTY KNOBS – ” Wicked Mind “

Posted: January 27, 2022 in MUSIC

The Dirty Knobs are back! Their second album ‘External Combustion’ will be released on BMG Records on March 4th following their 2020 critically acclaimed debut album, “Wreckless Abandon“,  — and is available now for pre-order via our web store on limited edition green translucent vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digital (link below). The first single “Wicked Mind” is out now with a killer, fun video directed by George Mays. We are so excited to share this new music with you and can’t wait to finally hit the road beginning March 9th in Tampa, FL. The Dirty Knobs came together nearly two decades ago, after Campbell met guitarist Jason Sinay (Neil Diamond, Ivan Neville) at a session and liked the way their guitars sounded together. What began as a less structured project for Campbell in between The Heartbreakers’ touring became something else altogether when they added the rhythm section of bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and drummer Matt Laug (Slash, Alanis Morrissette). 

Stay tuned for lots more music and updates coming soon!. Co-produced by Campbell and George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks), the 11-track album was recorded at Campbell’s home studio, Hocus Pocus Recorders in Los Angeles. External Combustion also features BMG songwriter Margo Price and Ian Hunter as well as piano from fellow Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers founding member Benmont Tench on ‘Lightning Boogie’. Although Campbell wrote most of the songs on the new album within the past year, two of the tracks had been written in the 90’s, only to be rediscovered in Campbell’s extensive vault of unreleased compositions.

Campbell recalled,  “The band became this spontaneous type of combustion – to borrow a word. The longer we played, the more intuitive it got.” 

After several years of intimate, almost incognito, performances in the band’s home base of Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California cities. After all those years playing together, it became clear The Dirty Knobs should take what they were doing to the next level. Following the passing of Campbell’s long time compatriot, friend and bandmate Tom Petty and his performances with Fleetwood Mac on their 2018-2019 World Tour, The Dirty Knobs released their debut album “Wreckless Abandon” in 2020 to widespread acclaim.

“Wicked Mind,” the first single off of the upcoming album ‘External Combustion,’ is out now!

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