Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine switches to guitar and takes center stage on vocals for "Light Years," her solo debut.
Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine switches to guitar and takes center stage on vocals for "Light Years," her solo debut. The album will be released Sept. 6 via the artist's All for One Music imprint via Redeye Distribution, Billboard.com has learned.
Valentine is flanked on the project by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, former Guns N' Roses axeman Gilby Clarke and in-demand session musician Craig Ross, as well as Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and Blondie drummer Clem Burke.
"Light Years" sports 11 originals, including "Getting By," "Shooting Star" and "Retouch Me," as well as a cover of Gary Myrick's "Guitar, Talk, Love and Drums."
The album was recorded while Valentine was pregnant, and she admits, "It felt like I was making two babies at once. The night before going in for a scheduled delivery, I was putting vocal overdubs on a couple of songs, knowing it might be awhile before I got back into the studio."
Valentine especially enjoyed focusing on playing guitar on "Light Years" after two decades of playing bass with the Go-Go's. "With them, I focus on making the 'whole' sound better -- playing to enhance everyone else and add to the song," she says. "Guitar is a different experience entirely. It is a much more expressive instrument, and I love coming up with cool guitar parts and hooks for songs."