Legendary frontman for the Animals Eric Burdon recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Burdon discussed the Animals' No. 1 hit "House Of The Rising Sun" and his latest solo album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry. Burdon also performed a brief set, including "House Of The Rising Sun" and "Water" from his latest album.
"[Hurricane] Katrina had a big impact on me," said Burdon. "We were in the studio beginning work on this album and I was so distressed by the vision of what was going on in Louisiana that I said to my producer, Tony Braunagel, 'Let's switch tracks and just do a blues album in homage to the people down there.'"
A native of Newcastle, England, Burdon is considered one of the British Invasion's most distinctive vocalists as the frontman for the Animals, a band who influenced artists such as Bruce Springsteen. The Animals released their self-titled debut album in 1964, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the No. 1 hit "House Of The Rising Sun." Several top 20 hits followed, including "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" (1965), "Don't Bring Me Down" (1966) and "See See Rider" (1966). The Animals disbanded in 1969, but reunited in 1976 and again in 1983. "The House Of The Rising Sun" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" were inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999 and 2011, respectively.
In 1969 Burdon formed Los Angeles-based funk group War, with whom he released the top 20 album, 1970's Eric Burdon Declares "War" featuring "Spill The Wine." The group’s 1972 album, The World Is A Ghetto, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Prior to releasing 'Til Your River Runs Dry, Burdon's solo efforts included 2004's My Secret Life, 2006's Soul Of A Man and 2008's Mirage.
Released on Jan. 29, 'Til Your River Runs Dry features 12 tracks, 10 of which were written or co-written by Burdon, and a cover of the Bo Diddley blues classic "Before You Accuse Me." Burdon is currently scheduled to perform select dates in North America through September.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Reel To Reel: Downloaded (April 1), An Evening With Howard Kaylan (April 2), An Evening With Noel Paul Stookey (April 4), and An Evening With Hal Willner (April 10).