New from T Bear (a.k.a. Richard T. Bear): Stream ‘Give It Up,’ ft. Stephen Stills and Walter Trout

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Singer/songwriter/actor T Bear, otherwise known as Richard T. Bear, is readying his first new studio album in 30 years — as he’ll release Fresh Bear Tracks on April 16 via Quarto Valley Records.

Rock Cellar previously premiered a music video for the song “River of Resurrection,” and he has now debuted another track. “Give It Up” was co-written by T Bear and Stephen Stills, and both Stills and blues guitar legend Walter Trout accompany T Bear on the recording.

Take a listen:

And here’s that aforementioned video for “River of Resurrection,” which features Edgar Winter on saxophone:

More about the album, Fresh Bear Tracks:

The album features an all-star cast of musical guests including Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, former Wings members Laurence Juber and Denny Seiwell, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench, famed sax man Tom Scott and a host of other prominent session players, many of whom are part of T Bear’s Root 66 performing band. Fresh Bear Tracks is a sturdy mix of old-school rock, R&B and soul.

Click here to pre-order the album from our Rock Cellar Store.

Fresh Bear Tracks looks to be a special release, and it’s one Bear is excited to share with the world. Some of Bear’s musical colleagues that lend their services on the album include Stephen Stills, Robby Krieger, Tom Scott, Walter Trout, Laurence Juber, Benmont Tench, Doug Pettibone and Tony Braunagel.

“I promise to make the best music to lift you, subdue you, move you to tears, and let you laugh or sing along,” T Bear says in the album’s liner notes. “I want to know you, meet you, greet you, and be part of your musical family.”

Here’s some adidtional 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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