Download the free Troy Redfern track Ghosts

29 June 2021

British slide guitarist Troy Redfern has released the song Ghosts as a free download. The track is taken from his upcoming album The Fire Cosmic, which will be released on 6 August.

Ghosts, which can be downloaded from troyredfern.com, features Troy’s trademark sound performed with a heavily worn 1929 National Triolian resonator guitar alongside Darby Todd’s train beat drum shuffle, and Dave Marks’ understated country feel bassline.

The album was recorded in Rockfield Studios in North Wales, where Queen recorded their early albums.

“As soon as we arrived at Rockfield, everyone, including Darby and Dave who’ve recorded all over the world, were excited to be there,” Troy told MetalTalk. “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.”

Troy Redfern The Fire Cosmic album cover

With such a great rhythm section, The Fire Cosmic is already being marked as Troy’s most distinctive album to date.

Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal also joins on the song On Fire, and Rockfield seems a perfect choice for recording.

“I chose Rockfield Studios because so much of the music I grew up listening to was recorded at this legendary studio,” 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.”

Rockfield’s vintage mics, mixing desk, and analogue outboard gear gave producer Paul’ Win’ Winstanley options to capture the dynamic performances on the album. “It was like being a kid in a candy store,” says Paul.

“It was important for the album to sound massive,” Troy told us. “It was a much bigger sound than anything that I’ve released before. As soon as we heard the first takes in the control, we were blown away. We knew that we captured something special. It sounded fantastic.

“For the session, Darby Todd brought his vintage Ludwig Vistalite acrylic drums of John Bonham fame. The drums are renowned for sounding massive. Hearing them in one of the best drum rooms in the world, they sounded out of this world! Roger Taylor’s drums recorded for Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack album at Rockfield are some of my favourite drum sounds ever.”

Troy Redfern
Troy Redfern. Photo: Haluk Gurer

Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal said, “It all starts with the drums. If you’ve got a great drummer, great sounding room, great board, it’s going to sound phenomenal, and it does!”

“I met Ron at a festival in Poland that we were both playing at. We immediately hit it off,” remembers Troy. “He let me use his signature double neck guitar to play on Anthony Gomes encore set at the festival. That was an absolute blast. He’s such a cool, generous guy. When I returned to the UK, I emailed him to ask if he’d like to play on my new album. He was fired up to do it.”

Troy continues, “The album really is a step up. It’s the best album I’ve made. Hiring Rockfield, getting the best players, the best producer – it was a risk, but it paid off tenfold. I’ve made an album I really couldn’t be happier with.”

The Fire Cosmic can be pre-ordered from troyredfern.com/product-category/pre-order

september

16sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, CardiffThe Globe

17sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, SittingbourneThe Bourne Music Club

18sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, ChesterLive Rooms

19sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, LeedsBrudenell Social Club

20sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, NewcastleThe Cluny

21sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, ManchesterNight And Day

22sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, NottinghamThe Bodega

23sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, LondonThe 100 Club

24sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, EdinburghVoodoo Rooms

25sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, AberdeenCafe Drummond

26sep8:00 pmRobert Jon & The Wreck, HartlepoolSouth Durham Steel Works Club

The Fire Cosmic

1. Scorpio
2. Waiting For Your Love
3. One Way Ticket
4. Love And War
5. On Fire
6. Lay That Love Down
7. Ghosts
8. Saving Grace
9. Sanctify
10. Stone

march

04mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BidefordPalladium

05mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - TruroOld Bakery

06mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - ExeterPhoenix

09mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - LeicesterMusician

10mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - DerbyFlowerpot

11mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - OxfordBullingdon

12mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - LiverpoolPhilharmonic

16mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - PrestonContinental

17mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - NottinghamBodega

18mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - GlasgowHug and Pint

19mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - NewcastleCluny

23mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - MargateElsewhere

24mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - CambridgeJunction

25mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - London100 Club

26mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BristolThekla

30mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - GloucesterGuildhall

31mar8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - SheffieldGreystones

april

01apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - SelbyTown Hall

02apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BuckleyTivoli

06apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - GuildfordThe Star

07apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BilstonRobin 2

08apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BridgewaterArts Centre

09apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BreconTheatr Brycheingong

21apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BradfordNighttrain

22apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - WimborneTivoli

23apr8:00 pmWille and the Bandits - BrightonRopetackle

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