If you’ve spent more than a few serious hours behind an electric guitar, you’re probably keenly aware of the agony and ecstasy (mostly agony, especially for beginners) that comes with listening to the music of Steve Vai. Arguably the most versatile and talented electric guitarist alive (he’s got my vote), Vai’s skills as a composer, arranger, performer and ruthless shredder extraordinaire have gone more or less unchallenged in the nearly 30 years since his debut solo album Flex-Able first started bringing aspiring axe-men and women to tears.
Grab a box of Kleenex, friends—Vai has just announced the release of The Story Of Light, his first new album of original material since 2005’s Real Illusions: Reflections. Out August 14 via Vai’s own Favored Nations Entertainment label, the album is the second in a planned trilogy of records and will feature vocal contributions from Aimee Mann (yes, that Aimee Mann, on a new song called “No More Amsterdam,” which she co-wrote) and The Voice finalist Beverly McClennan, who will “duet” with the legendary blues singer Blind Willie Johnson on a new rendition of “John The Revelator.”
Fans can pre-order The Story Of Light in digital ($9.99), deluxe CD ($24.99) and platinum package ($49.99) editions right now on vai.com. Get on it!