Continuing to harness the momentum of two Billboard top 5 and two top 10 singles from last year’s “Soul Stories” album, guitarist Blake Aaron will preview his “Color and Passion” album by issuing the first single, “Summer Ride,” which goes for radio playlist adds on May 16. Four days prior, he will perform the vibrant electric guitar-driven vehicle during a live show recorded in Sirius XM’s Washington, DC studios that will air on the national satellite radio broadcaster at a date soon to be announced.
Like the varied songbook that make “Soul Stories” a captivating listen, “Color and Passion,” Aaron’s sixth album scheduled for September release on Innervision Records, will offer an assorted sound palate swirling imaginative hues of funk, R&B, soul, jazz, blues and Latin music. Aaron wrote “Summer Ride” and expects to pen most of the material for the new collection.
“’Color and Passion’ is my funkiest and most emotional project to date,” Aaron described. “It explores every end of the spectrum of ‘color and passion’ in music - from the red fire of Latin music, to the deep purple grooves of American jazz, funk, R&B and soul to the cool blues of the most sensitive, emotional and intimate ballads. I can’t wait to share it with you this fall!”
Dialing in the show before the trek back east, Aaron will play a sold-out concert at Southern California’s contemporary jazz hot spot Spaghettini near Los Angeles on Saturday night (May 7). The evening before the Sirius XM concert, he’ll play a set in Hampton, Virginia on May 11 at a gig sponsored by local radio station WHOV-FM. On May 13, Aaron will hit the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club stage with Phillip Doc Martin in Maryland and perform on May 14 at a show presented by WVST-FM in Richmond, Virginia. Then it’s back to the studio to finish “Color and Passion.” Aaron shall emerge for a June 17 concert at The Perfect Note in Birmingham, Alabama; June 18 at Atlanta’s St. James Club where he will share the bill with soul-jazz trumpeter Joey Sommerville; and June 25 for a date at the King Center in Melbourne, Florida with Sommerville and saxophonist Warren Hill.
Along with his busy solo career, Aaron juggles being a first-call session player, in-demand sideman, and songwriter and producer for other artists. He hosts the nationally syndicated radio show “Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson.”