Chuck's Final Album

June 6, 2017

When Chuck Berry passed away earlier this year at the age of 90, a lot of folks were probably surprised to learn that he had a new album coming out in June. While he toured up until 2014, he hadn't released an album of new material since 1979.

The record, called simply "Chuck," comes out June 9th. If you've ever been a fan of Chuck, this album will bring some smiles. Yes, you'll find yourself saying "that sounds familiar," but this isn't the first time he's been accused of writing the same song and releasing it over and over.

The album starts out with a rocker called "Wonderful Woman," which reminded me of "Back in the USA." Or was it more like "Maybellene"? Not sure, but it sounds great, and the guitar playing by Gary Clarke Jr is a nice touch. (Other guest appearances include Nathaniel Rateliff and Tom Morello on the song "Big Boys.")

Chuck gives us a sequel to Johnny B. Goode, called "Lady B. Goode." 

One song seems a bit surreal--as Chuck tries out a Jamaican accent for a song called "Jamaican Moon." 

The songs were all recorded between 1991 and 2014 (the year he stopped touring), and while they're not new classics, they're worth a listen. At least he didn't give us a new version of "My Ding-a Ling"!