Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist RICHIE KOTZEN set out to mark his 50th birthday in an extremely meaningful way – the release of an ambitious, self-produced collection of 50 previously unreleased songs. The three-disc collection is a birthday present to himself that he is sharing with his fans around the world. 50 FOR 50 captures the full scope of artists that influenced him – from Soul and R&B to Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Fusion Guitar genres.
“The idea of a 50 song album came to me while I was on tour sometime last year,” KOTZEN explains. “I had completed what would have been your typical 10 to 12 song album and was anticipating a 2020 release. Somewhere along the line, I discovered a few completed songs that for whatever reason were never released. Along with that, I found a massive collection of material that was in various forms of completion. Some songs had drums bass and piano with no vocal, other songs were nothing more than a bass line and a vocal melody and so on. I decided to take that summer and fall, stay in the studio, and see how many of these ideas I could bring to completion. The concept was to include the already completed works and finish the other ideas and then stop once I reached 50 songs. Reality is we’ve got way more sitting on the hard drives waiting for attention. I figured if I can walk out of the studio with 50 songs (that I like) mixed and mastered, I can release a 50 song package on my 50th birthday.”
The first song from 50 FOR 50, “Devil’s Hand,” has been released today via all digital retail outlets. As Kotzen says, “The song touches on loss and regret while romanticizing a past that may or may not have been as it is being remembered in the present.”
Check out the official video for “Devil’s Hand” here: