George Thorogood single-handedly put Delaware on the map for blues rock, and even an abridged summary of his 40-year career is impressive. Sixteen studio albums, numerous live records and compilations and the classic rock standard “Bad to the Bone” are just a sampling. But on August 4th, Thorogood, at a spry 67 years old, will show he’s learned a new trick by releasing his first-ever solo record, which includes a cover of Hank Williams’ “Pictures From Life’s Other Side.” Rolling Stone Country has the exclusive, premiering below.
“Pictures From Life’s Other Side” was already a folk standard dating back to the 19th century, recorded and performed by many artists. Woody Guthrie cut a version in 1944, but it wasn’t until Williams’ recording, from his album Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter, that the song became indelibly linked to him.
For Party of One, Thorogood partnered with Rounder Records, the label that released his debut George Thorogood and the Destroyers in 1977. The 14-track Party of One features covers of blues, rock and country tunes from across generations, including selections from John Lee Hooker, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. While Thorogood has said he will not tour behind the record, his band, the Destroyers, has a full run of dates through September.
Party of One track listing:
1. “I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man” (Robert Johnson)
2. “Soft Spot” (Gary Nicholson, Allen Shamblin)
3. “Tallahassee Women” (John Hammond Jr.)
4. “Wang Dang Doodle” (Willie Dixon)
5. “Boogie Chillen” (John Lee Hooker)
6. “No Expectations” (The Rolling Stones)
7. “Bad News” (Johnny Cash)
8. “Down The Highway” (Bob Dylan)
9. “Got To Move” (Elmore James)
10. “Born With The Blues” (Brownie McGhee)
11. “The Sky Is Crying” (Elmore James)
12. “The Hookers (If You Miss ‘Im…I got ‘Im)” (John Lee Hooker)
13. “Pictures From Life’s Other Side” (Hank Williams)
14. “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (John Lee Hooker)
15. “Dynaflow Blues” (Robert Johnson) [CD-only Bonus]