Listeners of Bill Leverty’s new covers album, “Drive” will find that it’s more like a time machine. One that transports you back to the carefree days of the 1970’s, when riding in the backseat of your parent’s car and listening to rock radio was the norm. It didn’t even matter where you were going at the time; all that mattered was the music.
The Firehouse guitarist has released several solo albums over the course of his career, but this effort is one that pays tribute to the most sacred music of all: songs that inspired him as a youth. In addition to a blistering guitar attack on tracks like CCR’s “Fortunate Son”, “Drive” also contains tasteful renditions of Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and The Guess Who’s “No Time”. Leverty also puts his own spin on such classics as “Free Ride” (Edgar Winter Group), “I Shot the Sheriff” (Eric Clapton) and “Spanish Moon” (Little Feat). Contributing the brunt of the vocal work himself, Leverty keeps the essence of the original songs intact and yet, adds something excitingly fresh and new to the musical equation as well.
I sat down with Leverty to discuss “Drive” as well as his playing and songwriting. During the course of our trip back in time, we also discuss how Firehouse was born. Fans may recall that Firehouse beat out Nirvana and Alice in Chains for the AMA “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist” award but as Leverty points out, there’s another band honor he’s even more proud of.
Read the rest of my Guitar World interview with Bill Leverty Here.