In January, Heart‘s Nancy Wilson and former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield debuted “Get Loud,” the first single from their new project, Roadcase Royale. In their new video, premiering at Rolling Stone, the band builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield’s soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson and Prince protégé Ryan Waters.
In addition to Wilson, Roadcase Royale features three current Heart members: keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild and drummer Ben Smith. While the band announced studio sessions for five original songs, they have yet to announce an album title or release date for the material.
Veteran rock photographer Neal Preston shot the video. “Neal is among the top five all-time rock photographers and he is also my dear friend,” Wilson tells Rolling Stone. “I’ve literally known since I was a perm-haired girl in the early 1980s.”
Asked about her shift towards a more soulful song than Heart fans will be used, Wilson tells Rolling Stone that “It totally was natural for me. That’s mainly Chris Joyner’s track
that I really fell in love with. That
acoustic guitar part was just right down my alley.”
The sextet made their live debut January 20th following the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! event. Their next show is March 25th at the Los Angeles Theatre as part of the fifth annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert and Award Show.
Upon unveiling Roadcase Royale, Wilson assured Heart fans that this new “side project” is “not a replacement” for the long-running classic rock band.