Song of the Day: “The Ides of March” by Myles Kennedy

Myles Kennedy
Myles Kennedy (Photo by Chuck Brueckmann)

Building upon the excitement from the announcement of his sophomore album The Ides of March, Myles Kennedy shares its title track to the masses.

“The Ides Of March” is the longest song on the album clocking in at 7:39 and showcases the musicianship of Myles and cohorts — longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier. The band stretch out musically as Myles sings an ominous warning “beware the ides of March.”

“Written quickly one night after having a few drinks, it was an attempt to sum up what so many of us felt during the beginning of the pandemic. We were bored, frustrated and self-medicating to avoid going stir crazy,” Myles said. “What I like about the narrative, is it pushes the idea that if everything is going to hell, at least try and do it in a celebratory fashion.”

Watch the official music video for “The Ides of March” by Myles Kennedy on YouTube:

Never a musician to waste any precious time, Alter Bridge and Slash and the Conspirators vocalist Myles Kennedy used the recent pandemic to finalize his sophomore solo album. During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up The Ides of March.

From the slide guitar riffs of the album opener “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind,” it is clear that Myles has crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While Year Of The Tiger was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles’ mind, The Ides Of March finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words,” “Wake Me When It’s Over,” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse music arrangements that has garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects.

The Ides Of March was produced by longtime collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette and is slated for release on May 14 via Napalm Records.

Visit Myles Kennedy online for more music.

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