Out Now: Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs Unleash ‘Wreckless Abandon,’ Hosting Live Stream from the Troubadour Tonight 11/20

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Wreckless Abandon may be a new album from the Dirty Knobs, featuring longtime Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, but it is not a “new project” for Campbell.

The group has been together for years, actually, dating back to the 1990s, springing to live whenever Campbell found time outside his Heartbreakers duties to devote to new music. The album arrives today, Nov. 20, after some delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a personal health issue faced by Campbell.

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Wreckless Abandon is a collection of songs from Campbell and the band — guitarist Jason Sinay (Neil Diamond, Ivan Neville), bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and drummer Matt Laug (Slash, Alanis Morissette) — showcasing their impeccable chops and precision as a creative unit.

Rock Cellar’s Ken Sharp spoke with Mike Campbell in connection to this album release, and he explained a bit about how the record came about — and how his years as Petty’s right hand man in the Heartbreakers went into his transition to “front man” status of his own:

“I learned so much from Tom. I mean, for nearly 50 years I was his co-captain, standing next to him and watching him lead the band. I learned quite a bit from him just watching him in operation. He was a great band leader. He knew how to corral everybody into a focused vision, whether it was recording or live and I’m sure I picked up some things from him along the way by osmosis. But also going out all of these years and fronting my own band in little clubs and stuff I got pretty comfortable with leading the band. I feel really at peace with it now.”

There’s a rootsy, “down-home” feel to the songs on Wreckless Abandon that help make the record shine, such as “Pistol-Packin’ Mama,” a collaboration with esteemed country songwriter/producer Chris Stapleton:

To promote Wreckless Abandon and help raise money for the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), the Dirty Knobs are hosting a special live stream performance tonight, Nov. 20, from the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

The show goes live tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT via FANS.LiVE. The livestreamed performance will also be available on-demand through November 30. To watch the stream, donations are encouraged, but not required, to National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).

The Troubadour is one of many venues in danger of permanent closure due the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s especially important to Mike Campbell:

“The Troubadour is one of my favorite places to play in the whole world and I’ve been just about everywhere,” notes Campbell. “The sound and the soul of that room is untouchable. Tonight, is the debut of our livestream concert there, I’m really excited! We went in with heavy medical protocol, without an audience, only the band and crew. We light heartedly call this show our ‘Tour 2020.’ We’re playing songs from our new album Wreckless Abandon, some covers and a couple of Heartbreakers things for good measure. Anyone who is interested can donate to NIVA while watching to benefit clubs around the country that are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. The stream will be available through November 30 for those who might miss it or want to see it again. Hope to virtually see you there. It’s a blast.”

Tune in tonight (and through Nov. 30 on-demand) to access the stream and make a donation if you’re able.

Listen to Wreckless Abandon below, via Spotify:

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