Having a lazy Saturday afternoon and thought I’d do a Google search to see if there’s any more information out there on “The Snake King.” He recently announced at a concert that the first single will be “Little Demon” and then this European website announced another one of the songs, “In the Land of the Blind” and the title track, “The Snake King”:
Here’s what the website said about “The Snake King”:
“Rick Springfield’s resume as a successful musician and actor need not be repeated here as it has been well documented many times over the years. What needs to be discussed here is that The Snake King will NOT be the Rick Springfield album you or anyone else was expecting. Rick, not for the first time in his career, has thrown a curveball that surprises and absolutely delights at the same time.
The Snake King finds Rick travelling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock ‘n roll. All you have to do is check out two of the first couple cuts on the album, “In The Land Of The Blind” and “Little Demon” or also the title-track to get an understanding of the blues laden journey Rick had decided to allow us to join him on.
And of the many delights on this album, Rick’s grossly underrated guitar playing really shines here, perhaps moreso than on any album in his storied catalog. As for the lyrics? Not what you’d expect either, but we’ll leave it up to the listener to decide what’s being relayed there.”
Sounds intriguing – now we just have to wait two months and a day until we can listen to it. (Unless some songs will be released earlier like in the past. Hope so!)
I wanted to start this post out by first clarifying that not all of its content is verified and is solely what exists in my head based on bits and pieces of information found online. That being said, here we go…
- Genre: In interviews, RS has said that he is making a blues album, so that’s pretty much confirmed.
- The name: There have been a couple references to the new CD’s title as “The Snake King.” “Rocket Science” was originally supposed to be called “Mayhem,” so we won’t really know until its closer to being released.
- Theme: Judging from the blues genre and the working title “The Snake King,” I have a feeling that it won’t have the same positive vibes as “Rocket Science.” A snake just doesn’t conjure up the same emotion as the dressed-up chimpanzee on the cover of “Rocket Science.” Starting back with the original book – the Bible – snakes don’t have a great reputation so a reference to a “snake king” sounds somewhat sinister.
- Contributors: References to the recording session have included his current band, the wonderful producer Jeff Silverman ( a member of his band back in the 70s, as well as someone who has produced much of RS’s work), singer-songwriter Windy Wagner (who is credited as doing background vocals on “Light This Party Up“) and guitarist Tim Pierce (a member of RS’s ’80s band The Fabulous Eels.) (July 3 update: a blog post by Jimmy Z Zavala, who played harp (harmonica) on “Bop ‘Til You Drop” records for the new album at RS’s home studio.)
- Songs so far: We were treated to a snippet of one of the songs this week on social media, with a line that sounds like “I aspired for something greater, what I expected I don’t know.”
As the 2017 touring continues this weekend and beyond, hopefully we’ll be learning a little more about it soon!
Now it’s officially official – this was on Rick Springfield’s Facebook page today, with a list of songs! In past interviews, he’s mentioned that he had 16 songs for the CD and he’s mentioned “Walking In” as one of the songs, so maybe there will be extra tracks on some, like there was for “Songs for the End of the World.” (“Let Me In” was a bonus track on that album. Great song!) Can’t wait!