Ken Sharp is more than just Rock Cellar Magazine’s preeminent writer, responsible for many of this website’s marquee interviews over the years. He conducted this month’s Peter Tork feature, as well as our Cheap Trick cover story of a few months back, for example.
But beyond a diligent rock journalist, Sharp is also an accomplished, passionate power-pop fan and musician – and just last week he releases his new album, New Mourning.
It’s Sharp’s first new album in nine years, and is filled with catchy rhythms, familiar power-pop sensibilities and harmony. Here’s more insight on the record, from the press release:
Produced by Sharp and Fernando Perdomo—whose credits include work by Todd Rundgren and Jakob Dylan—the record showcases musical contributions from Rick Springfield (“Burn & Crash,” “Satellite”), guitarist Wally Stocker of the Babys (“Dynamite and Kerosene,” “Loser”) bassist Prescott Niles of the Knack (“Mr. Know It All,” “Dynamite and Kerosene”) and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo of New England (“Satellite”) alongside the team of Perdomo and gifted musicians Rob Bonfiglio (Wanderlust/Wilson Phillips) and Ritchie Rubini (the Caulfields).
New Mourning covers many themes throughout its 14 tracks, including loss, darkness and the highs & lows of life – and the beauty that can come about from all of those circumstances. It’s all wrapped up in a highly engaging collection of tunes … listen below via Spotify:
To grab a copy of the album for yourself, visit Sharp’s website.