James LaBrie revealed in a recent interview on “The Everyman Podcast” that his new solo album is going to be acoustically driven.
“It’s all acoustically driven. A lot of people are, like, ‘Hey, I’m excited about your new solo album,’ and I’m sure everyone’s thinking what I do with Matt Guillory all the time. This has nothing to do with that. That’s a completely other different band, so to speak.
“I told [Paul] from the beginning I want it to be, first and foremost, what I’m feeding him musically or melodically is all gonna stem from the acoustic guitar, and then vice versa, what he was doing with me,” he explained. “Now we have keyboards coming in. He plays bass and guitar. And I had to call my other favorite guitar player in the world. Well, John’s [Petrucci] my favorite, and then my other favorite guitar player is Marco Sfogli. So Marco’s gonna be playing on this as well. And already I can tell you guys, the solos this guy is doing acoustically are gonna blow your mind. This guy’s just so freakin’ talented.”
LaBrie added: “As much as I was saying it’s acoustically driven, as we keep going on, we go, ‘Let’s add this. Let’s add this.’ But the fundamental equation, it started with acoustic, and I think that still will be, to a certain extent, the predominant element.”
According to James, the drums on his new solo album are being laid down by his son Chance, who also plays with the Canadian rock group Falset.
“We’re just in the process of recording everything right now,” LaBrie said. “And when it’s done, I’ll let everybody know.”