Paul Gilbert’s last release Vibrato was an absolute corker, when I first read that it wasn’t going to be another insrumental release I was a little disappointed but as soon as I heard it I was happy that he had returned to writing and singing his own brand of catchy, quirky and downright funky songs embellished with his incredible guitar playing. However it sounds like for this album Paul is going to let his guitar do the singing.
The “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” is me. Of course, the image is inspired by the Greek myth of Sisyphus… a story about a man who spent every day rolling a heavy stone up a mountain, only to have to roll back down once he reached the top. …recently I have realized that I am not satisfied with much of what I have done. This felt like my stone rolling down the mountain. But I am happy. The stone is mine. I love pushing it back up, it takes effort but I am in control. I have a goal. I can do it. It feels great. And when I get to the top, I don’t mind that it rolls back down again because by that time I have spent enough time with that stone and I’m ready for a new one. This album is my newest stone… and it rocks!
“With the “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” album, I decided that I am ready to bring my guitar to the center of the stage and let it sing. To do this, I wanted to use the inspiration of my favorite singers. Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Elton John, James Brown, Sting, k.d. lang… These are the voices that I wish I had. With my guitar I can reach their notes. The challenge is to match their emotion and expression. This is my goal as a guitar player. It requires many new techniques. I have to look at the guitar differently than I have in the past. I have worked hard to invent new ways to play the guitar and to get it to sing, scream, and rock like it never has before. And of course, when the time is right, I still throw in plenty of the shred style that I am known for.”
Paul has employed some fantastic drummers on the record including Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Winery Dogs fame who plays on Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” and The Beatles’ “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road”, also the legendary Kenny Aronoff plays on James Brown’s “I Got the Feeling”, The Police’s “Murder By Numbers”, Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle”, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Eric Carmen’s “My Girl” and his original songs. As you can see there are a lot of covers on the album but I can’t wait to hear what Paul has done with them.
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