Out Now: ‘Fresh Bear Tracks,’ the First New Album from T Bear (Richard T. Bear) in 25+ Years (Listen)

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Singer/songwriter/actor T Bear, otherwise known as Richard T. Bear, released Fresh Bear Tracks , his first studio album in more than 25 years, on April 16 via Quarto Valley Records.

In the build-up to the album’s arrival, Rock Cellar previously premiered a music video for the song “River of Resurrection,” an early preview of the music to come and a track featuring Edgar Winter on saxophone:

Per a news release, Fresh Bear Tracks was recorded at Robby Krieger‘s Horse Latitudes studio in Los Angeles with a stellar group of special guests including Stephen Stills, Krieger, Edgar Winter, Tom Scott, Walter Trout, and Hutch Hutchinson, to former Wings members Laurence Juber, Denny Seiwell, and The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench.

Tony Braunagel played drums throughout the record, in addition to producing its material.

As you might imagine given the ensemble of assorted musicians joining together for the album sessions, it was an inspired process:

“We had so much fun,” T Bear said in a statement. “It was as if the planets had all aligned. There were no hassles or complications. All the musicians were so eager to help that they found a way to participate and make it all work.”

Click here to pick up Fresh Bear Tracks on CD from our Rock Cellar Store. 

Key tracks include “Bring on the Night,” featuring Walter Trout, “Wonderland” featuring Krieger on slide guitar, just to name a few.

“This album is truly a work of love,” T Bear explains. “I put my heart and soul into this music. I felt like I’d been in the desert long enough and that I had finally found my way home. It was like pouring water on a seedling and watching it grow.”

Listen to the record below.

Here’s some additional information about the life and career of Richard T. Bear, per a news release:

T Bear aka Richard T. Bear boasts a career that spans more than 40 years, one that led to a string of acclaimed solo albums (in Europe & U.S.) and collaborations with a number of influential icons, including Al Kooper, Stephen Stills, former Rascals Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli, Kiss, Pat Benatar and many more. He has shared stages with artists such as Dave Mason, Mick Fleetwood, the Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens and Odetta. T Bear penned “Love and Pain,” a track found on Take Me Home, one of Cher’s most successful albums and also tallied several hits on his own, including the single “Sunshine Hotel” from his debut album Red, Hot and Blue. He has appeared on a number of recordings including Crosby Stills & Nash’s “Southern Cross,” Billy Squier’s Tale of the Tape and The Blues Brothers Soundtrack album.

After taking some time to focus on his own sobriety, T Bear became an early activist helping others with addiction. He served on the board of directors of the Musicians Picnic, an annual event which led to the creation of the nonprofit organization Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), aiding musicians in their drug/alcohol recovery. MAP eventually became part of the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Foundation.

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