Regarded as one of the greatest voices in rock and roll history, singer/songwriter Eric Burdon of the legendary groups The Animals and War returns with a brand new album ‘Til Your River Runs Dry.
This morning, Eric joined The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show in studio to talk about his new album, plus a special in-store performance and CD signing this Wednesday at Amoeba Music in Hollywood.
For his new record, Eric writes songs that relate on deep personal level and are inspired by his own real-life experiences.
“I tried to get personal with it, it seemed to have worked out,” said Eric.
The first radio single from his new album is called “Water,” and Eric tells us the story behind what inspired him to write the song.
“It was sparked off by a meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev,” said Eric, explaining that during his meeting, he asked the former Soviet Union president about what the next big problem in the world will be beyond oil.
“He said ‘water,’ and all these musicians went ‘well, can’t we help you?’ … and it was a great idea and nothing happened,” explained Eric. ” So I was thinking well the only thing to do anything is use what you got, which is music.”
Eric also tells us the story behind his song “Bo Diddley Special.”
“That track came about as we were invited to Bo’s funeral,” said Eric. “As we were leaving the funeral ceremony…the first thing we see is a city bus standing at the lights, and instead of a normal destination it had ‘Bo Diddley Special’.”
We also ask Eric about some of his biggest hits with The Animals and War. When asked about the speaking part in War’s “Spill The Wine,” Eric tells us that he ad-libbed all the lyrics.
“The whole this was a rap off the top of my head,” he said. “In fact, I was lying on the floor with a microphone…and it could be claimed as one of the earliest rap songs.”
Listen to Eric Burdon’s on air interview: