Gerry Beckley, the gifted singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band, America, is set to release a new solo album, Five Mile Road, on September 20, 2019 via Blue Élan Records. New single, “Home Again,”is available on all digital services today.
Pre-Order bundles are available today including a very special autographed, limited-edition and numbered photobook which features a collection of his personal professional photography for each song on the album. Featuring 12 stunning photos taken while touring the world. Each photo includes a track description by Gerry, visually bringing Five Mile Road, to life!
“Sometimes I find myself looking back more than I look forward,” Beckley admits, “but I’m 66 years old and at a beautiful place in my life with my wife, kids and career. The challenge is how to convey your head and heart, to make music that isn’t preachy or clichéd reminiscence. I firmly believe that if you’re doing it well and blessed to still be able to go to the creative places, then it doesn’t stop.”
“For those of us who grew up in the era of vinyl, the album listening experience has almost disappeared,” Beckley says. “Fortunately, Blue Élan has allowed me to make an album like the old days, like I want to do. I know how the tempo of all of our lives has adjusted over the past decade, so I’m honored anytime anybody spends the time to listen and I’m grateful to a record label that allows people like me to keep these creative areas alive. I hope I’ve delivered my half of the bargain.”
“I knew that this batch of songs, even the choice of the album’s title, was going to be about my journey,” says Gerry Beckley, who finds himself embracing his past – personally, professionally and creatively – nearly as much as he looks to the future. But for the artist best known for his 49-year career with America – and whose acclaimed collaborations have also ranged from Carl Wilson and Dan Fogelberg to David Cassidy and John Waters – the journey still shimmers with a melodic melancholy that makes his music as familiar as it is iconic. Beckley brings his own journey home on his new Blue Élan Records release, Five Mile Road.
In his first offering since his Blue Élan debut, Carousel, Five Mile Road is produced by Beckley and Jeff Larson, with all songs written by Beckley except “Life Lessons,” which was written by Gerry and actor/musician Bill Mumy. And while the album also features instrumental assistance from longtime friends that include Mumy, Jason Scheff of Chicago and Rusty Young of Poco, the majority of the backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and additional keyboards are all Beckley. As he explains with a laugh, “When I make a solo album, there’s a whole lot of ‘solo’ in there!”
As Beckley continues to tour in celebration of America’s 50-year anniversary, he is still in awe of their longevity. “We never flamed out, broke up or hit bottom. Our songs marked a time and place in many people’s DNA, and we still work hard to put on a great show. It’s mind-blowing, really.”
Beckley and America continue their U.S. tour dates through the summer and into the fall.
America’s Current Itinerary:
7/26/2019 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
7/27/2019 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
8/2/2019 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
8/4/2019 – Hammondsport, NY – Point of the Bluff Vineyard
8/11/2019 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Pacific Amphitheatre
8/15/2019 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
8/16/2019 – Atlantic City, NJ – Music Box at the Borgata
8/17/2019 – Jim Thorpe, PA – America Live at Penn’s Peak
9/21/2019 – French Lick, IN – French Lick Resort
9/22/2019 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center