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. 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.”
ON TOUR WITH ‘ROBERT JON & THE WRECK’