Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs Share “Electric Gypsy” Video; ‘External Combustion’ LP Out 3/4

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On March 4, Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs will release External Combustion, the second full-length album from the ensemble led by the longtime Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist/songwriter.

A new preview of the record landed on Tuesday in the form of a video for “Electric Gypsy,” a slice of Americana featuring Campbell walking through the desert alone before his band mates (guitarist Jason Sinay, bassist Lance Morrison and drummer Matt Laug) arrive and they all strap on their instruments:

The sky is my companion
The ocean is my friend
Sometimes I feel abandoned
Fightin’ demons from within
I’ve been alone nearly all my life
The road is open wide
Electric gypsy, take the wheel and drive
For a while

“‘Electric Gypsy’ is one of my favorite songs on the new record,” said Mike Campbell in a statement. “The song came to me in a moment of inspiration before a session with the band—and we recorded it that day in one take, guitar solo and all.”

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Here’s “Wicked Mind,” the first song/video shared from the record:

The song, and the album itself, find the Dirty Knobs heading in a new, more challenging direction:

“The band became this spontaneous type of combustion—to borrow a word,” Campbell said of the new record’s studio sessions. “The longer we played, the more intuitive it got.”

The track listing:

1. Wicked Mind
2. Brigitte Bardot
3. Cheap Talk
4. External Combustion
5. Dirty Job (featuring Ian Hunter)
6. State Of Mind (Featuring Margo Price)
7. Lightning Boogie
8. Rat City
9. In This Lifetime
10. It Is Written
11. Electric Gypsy

More on the album’s story:

Co-produced by Campbell and George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks), the 11-track album was recorded at Campbell’s home studio, Hocus Pocus Recorders in Los Angeles. External Combustion also features Margo Price and Ian Hunter as well as piano from fellow Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers founding member Benmont Tench on “Lightning Boogie.” Although Campbell wrote most of the songs on the new album within the past year, two of the tracks had been written in the 90’s, only to be rediscovered in Campbell’s extensive vault of unreleased compositions.

Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs will promote the record with their first headlining tour — which itself has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, affording the group a unique perspective as it pertains to coming up with a set list:

“The band’s too good,” says Campbell as he prepares for the upcoming tour. “And now we have two albums to draw from when writing setlists.”

March 9—Tampa, FL—The Orpheum
March 11—Gainesville, FL—High Dive
March 12—Gainesville, FL— High Dive
March 15—Nashville, TN—Brooklyn Bowl
March 17—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live
March 19—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall
March 20—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall
March 23—New York, NY—Brooklyn Bowl
March 25—Derry, NH—Tupelo Music Hall
March 26—Ridgefield, CT—Ridgefield Playhouse
March 28—Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere
March 30—Indianapolis, IN—The Hi Fi Lounge
March 31— Indianapolis, IN—The Hi Fi Lounge
April 2—Chicago, IL—Park West
April 4—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line
April 15—San Francisco, CA—The Independent
April 16—San Francisco, CA—The Independent
April 19— Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour
April 20— Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour
April 23—Boulder, CO—Fox Theatre
April 24—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theater
April 26—Dallas, TX—Trees
April 28—Houston, TX—Warehouse Live Studio
April 30—Austin, TX—Antone’s
May 1—Austin, TX—Antone’s
June 2—Boise, ID—Ford Idaho Center Arena*
June 3—Portland, OR—Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
June 4— George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre*
June 11—San Bernardino, CA—Glen Helen Amphitheater*
June 16—Bakersfield, CA—Mechanics Bank Arena*
June 17—Wheatland, CA—Toyota Amphitheatre*
June 18—Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre*
June 23—Salt Lake City, UT—USANA Amphitheatre*
June 24—Denver, CO—Pepsi Center*
June 25—Denver, CO—Pepsi Center*
July 23—Chicago, IL—Wrigley Field*
*w/ Chris Stapleton
BOLD—Sold out

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