Brian Setzer delivers the goods on The Devil Always Collects, packing a fiery punch from start to finish, brimming with Setzer's trademark guitar dynamics and fearless flair.
The Devil Always Collects radiates classic rockabilly at its zenith, showcasing Brian Setzer at the pinnacle of his powers. Produced by Julian Raymond and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, the recording process took place in Setzer's beloved adopted hometown of Minneapolis and in Nashville.
The new album is ablaze with creative fire and scorching riffs, featuring songs either written or co-written by Setzer himself. The first track and video released from the album "Girl On The Billboard," is actually one Setzer didn’t write but it still hits with a swift and resounding kick as if he wrote it yesterday. Setzer shares the inspiration behind it, explaining, "It's an old truckers' song," a tune that gained prominence in 1965 thanks to country music singer Del Reeves. Setzer credits his trusty guitar for delivering the monstrous, gritty, and twangy sound he envisioned to bring the song into today. “At first I wasn’t getting the sound I wanted until I picked up my Gretsch 1957 Duo Jet 6131 Firebird.” He confesses. “I mean, the sound is monstrous, dirty and twangy.”
Setzer's guitar work shines as always on all 11 tracks of the new album, while his charismatic vocals bring the clever narratives of songs like "Black Leather Jacket," "Rock Boys Rock," and the title track to life. Infused with relentless rhythms akin to a speeding freight train, the album stands shoulder to shoulder with his best work. Setzer continues to possess the unique ability to infuse the essence of early rock n’ roll with a contemporary spirit that continues to resonate with fans of rock, Americana, rockabilly, and punk, and The Devil Always Collects just reaffirms it.
To support the album, his first since 2021's Gotta Have The Rumble, Setzer will embark on his first live tour in over four years - the Rockabilly Riot tour. Kicking off at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, the tour includes a stop at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. For these dates, Setzer will be joined by, in his words, an "international rockabilly band," featuring Chris D'Rozario from Melbourne, Australia, and Juan Laurios from Mexico City, Mexico.
Although a 40-year career as a solo artist, leader of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and a Stray Cat might slow a normal man down, Setzer continues to play with a remarkable level of vigor and hunger as if hellhounds are actually on his trail. Whatever debt he owes the Devil for his talent, that guy ain’t gonna collect anytime soon.