Peter Frampton: 'I'm Not A Blues Player. I'm Not A Jazz Player. I'm Me.'
On Friday (June 7th) Peter Frampton will release his 16th studio set, titled All Blues. Special guests appearing on the set are Larry Carlton, Sonny Landreth, Steve Morse, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson. The blues project came about after his recent joint shows with the Steve Miller Band and are an out-growth of his nightly blues jams with Miller.
Frampton admitted to USA Today that in truth, the blues genre was not his first love, explaining, "Unlike Eric Clapton and Peter Green, I didn’t actually grow up playing the blues. It’s a very seductive style, especially on guitar. And because everybody was starting to sound a lot like Eric, I decided to go on a tangent and start listening more to jazz: Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, and a very young George Benson. . . I’m not a blues player. I’m not a jazz player. I’m me."
Frampton spoke about laying down the tracks for All Blues, primarily in his Nashville studio, explaining, "Now, there are no rules when you’re making records. Sometimes you get incredible recordings that are built upward track by track over a drum machine or a click. You can’t say that’s wrong. I just think I bring more to the table when I’m not concentrating just on guitar or vocals, when we’re doing it all together at the same time."
Peter Frampton told us that he's able to do such a musically varied show because of his touring band, which can literally nail anything Frampton throws at them: "The good thing about this band; it's changed a little in as much as we've sort of. . . we're able to capture more of the old feel as well as the new feel of the more recent stuff. We have changed things up; every time we come out we do 'Show Me The Way' -- each year, we change it up."
Although it's bittersweet situation, both Peter Frampton and his legion of fans are growing excited for the guitarist's final tour, which kicks off on June 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Earlier this year, Frampton revealed he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus, which slowly weakens the body's muscles.
Because of that, Frampton -- who's still playing at the top of his game -- will retire from the road after this year's tour before the disease shows any signs of affecting his performance.
In celebration of the new album and tour, Frampton is on the cover of both the July 2019 issues of Goldmine and Guitar World magazines.