Mike Campbell and solo band The Dirty Knobs will release their second album, ‘External Combustion,’ in March – Everett Post

dirty buttonsthe group led by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Michael Campbellwill release their second studio album, External Combustion, on March 4.

The album, which follows 2020’s Wreckless Abandon, is available for pre-order now and will be available on CD, through digital formats and as vinyl LP pressed on standard black vinyl or limited edition green translucent vinyl.

The 11-track collection includes guest appearances from Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame and acclaimed alternative country artist Margo Price on the respective songs “Dirty Job” and “State of Mind”. Also, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont’s tench plays the piano on a track called “Lightning Boogie”.

Campbell has written most of the songs on External Combustion over the past year, although two tracks date back to the 1990s and were recently rediscovered in Mike’s vault of unreleased material.

The album’s lead track, “Wicked Mind”, was released as an advanced digital single, and a companion music video premiered on Campbell’s official YouTube channel.

The fun clip begins with Mike in a coffin which an attractive but sinister woman is about to bury. Before she has the chance, Campbell wakes up and runs from her captor, heading to a bar where her fellow Dirty Knobs are playing. He joins the group on stage, but the woman has followed him into the watering hole, where she performs a menacing dance in front of the stage. Mike then flees the bar with the woman in pursuit. Watch the full video to find out Campbell’s fate.

After multiple delays due to COVID-19, Campbell and The Dirty Knobs will finally hit the road for a US tour kicking off March 9 in Tampa, Florida. Visit TheDirtyKnobs.com for the full band schedule.

Here is the complete list of External Combustion tracks:

“Wicked Spirit”
” Brigitte Bardot “
“Cheap Talk”
“External Combustion”
“Dirty Job” – with Ian Hunter
“State of Mind” – with Margo Price
“Lightning Boogie”
“Rat City”
“In this life”
“It is written”
“Electric Gypsy”

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