DION’s New Album “Girl Friends” Showcases Powerful Female Collaborations, New Single ‘Soul Force’ Features Grammy Award Winner Susan Tedeschi

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The past few years have been some of the most productive over the course of Dion’s storied career that spans multiple eras in music, culture and consciousness. Today’s release ‘Soul Force’ featuring powerhouse Susan Tedeschi, underscores his renewed and ongoing creative drive.

This is the second single released from Dion’s upcoming new album of all original penned tracks, “Girl Friends”, slated for March 8, through blues rock titan Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Records.

Dion explains, “I’ve noticed that men play a different tune when there are women in the room — and it’s a different kind of jam when women are in the mix. I don’t know why this is so, but it is. Maybe we men, at some primitive level, are competing for their attention. As I said, I don’t know why or how. I do know it makes better music and we’re all better for it.”

He concludes with an encapsulation of vision for “Girl Friends”: “I wanted the best music possible. So, I wrote up a batch of duets for me and my ‘girl friends,’ the women who inhabit my headphones — the women who make me turn up the volume when they drop into my radio. I invited them to join me, one by one, and here they are, wailing on the guitar and into the microphone. You’ll hear the feminine genius in every groove of this record, and you won’t forget any of it”.

“Girl Friends” finds Dion keeping musical company with a line-up of stellar female artists who are heard on the album’s 12 original tracks, 11 of which were composed by Dion and Mike Aquilina with one written by Dion and the late Scott Kempner (The Dictators, The Del Lords). Joining Tedeschi and Carter are Rory Block, Shemekia Copeland, Debbie Davis, Randi Fishenfeld, Sue Foley, Danielle Nicole, Christine Ohlman, Maggie Rose, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Valerie Tyson. The album was produced by Wayne Hood and Dion, who were also producing partners on “Blues With Friends” and “Stomping Ground”.

“Girl Friends” includes liner notes by Darlene Love who commented, “I’ve been a huge fan since I was a young girl. In fact, when I sang ‘He’s a Rebel’ I was singing about outsiders like Dion. I’m a bigger fan today. I’m still trying to emulate his unique bluesy overtones. Now I’m thrilled again with these new collaborations — not just friends, but all girl friends — great women vocalist and musicians. This is just what the world needs now. These duets are riveting.”

Dion explains the album’s raison d’être in a commentary titled “The Feminine Genius” that is included in the “Girl Friends” packaging. “I write about my preoccupations, and I know no better preoccupation than the female of the species. A friend of mine is a philosopher, and he talks often about ‘the feminine genius’ — the undeniable difference that’s in women and the difference that they make in the world. I’m grateful to my friend for giving it a name, because the fact has always been plain to me, but I could never put it into words.”

He goes on to explain his mother was his family’s breadwinner, and that he had two sisters. He’s been married for 60 years to the former Susan Butterfield, who is name checked in the album’s “Hey Suzy,” and they are the parents of three daughters who, in turn, produced four more girls. He writes, “I’ve always been surrounded by the feminine genius — always living off it. Even my music has kept a tight focus on the ladies: ‘Runaround Sue,’ ‘Donna the Prima Donna,’ ‘Little Diane,’ ‘Ruby Baby.’ All those women, real and imagined, have made all the difference in my life.” He chronicles his female musical collaborators including those who joined him on his previous two albums as well as Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, Cher and Patty Smyth.

This release follows his wildly successful “Blues With Friends” (2020) and “Stomping Ground” (2021) albums. Those two albums, with liner notes by Bob Dylan and Pete Townshend, respectively, include musical contributions from music royalty and icons Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, the late Jeff Beck, John Hammond, Van Morrison, Joe Louis Walker, Jimmy Vivino, Billy Gibbons, Sonny Landreth, Paul Simon, Samantha Fish, Rory Block, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, G. E. Smith, Keb’ Mo’, Marcia Ball, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton and Rickie Lee Jones.

“Girl Friends” is available for pre-order at THIS LOCATION.

“Girl Friends” Track Listing:

  1. Soul Force with Susan Tedeschi
  2. I Aim To Please with Danielle Nicole
  3. Stop Drop And Roll with Valerie Tyson
  4. Do Ladies Get The Blues with Christine Ohlman and Debbie Davis
  5. An American Hero with Carlene Carter
  6. Don’t You Want A Man Like Me with Rory Block
  7. Sugar Daddy with Christine Ohlman
  8. Endless Highway with Randi Fishenfeld
  9. I Got Wise with Maggie Rose
  10. Hey Suzy with Sue Foley
  11. Mama Said with Shemekia Copeland
  12. Just Like That with Joanne Shaw Taylor

All songs written by Dion Dimucci and Mike Aquilina except #10 written by Dion Dimucci and Scott Kempner.

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