Beck Readies 'Jeff,' Tours With B.B.

Rock guitar wizard Jeff Beck will on July 22 issue his latest Epic studio album, "Jeff."

Rock guitar wizard Jeff Beck will on July 22 issue his latest Epic studio album, "Jeff," and will support its release on the summer's 12th annual B.B. King Music Festival tour. The 12-track album reteams the artist with producer Andy Wright, who handled the same chores on Beck's last set, 2001's "You Had It Coming."

Not unlike that album, "Jeff" finds Beck exploring electronic elements, but also blues and world/folk on the track "Bulgarian." Among the collaborators are U.K. production team Apollo 440 and electronic act splattercell, as well as producer Mike Barbiero, who remixed some of the songs.

"Jeff" also extends the artist's long association with Epic, the label for which he has recorded since 1965 as a member of the Yardbirds. The set marks his 14th solo release through the label. His first was 1968's "Truth," which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard album chart. Beck's highest charting solo album was 1975's "Blow By Blow," which reached No. 4.

"You Had It Coming" featured the song "Dirty Mind," which earned Beck his second Grammy award for best rock instrumental performance. The set peaked at No. 110 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 74,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Along with B.B. King, Galactic and Mofro, Beck will hit the road beginning July 25 in Las Vegas. The VH1 Classic-sponsored B.B. King Music Festival tour will largely play amphitheatres through a Sept. 7 finale in Anderson, S.C.

Beck will also be among the guests tomorrow (June 20) during the "B.B. King & Friends" episode of A&E's "Live By Request."

Here is the "Jeff" track list:

"Hot Rod Honeymoon"
"Plan B"
"My Thing"
"Troubled Man"
"Grease Monkey"
"Line Dance With Monkeys"
"Take a Ride"
"Pay Me No Mind"
"Why Lord Oh Why"

Here are the B.B. King Music Festival tour dates:

July 25: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
July 26: Reno, Nev. (Hilton Amphitheater)
July 27: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Field Amphitheater)
July 29: Sacramento, Calif. (Raley Amphitheater)
July 30: Fresno, Calif. (Grizzlies Field)
Aug. 1: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Amphitheater)
Aug. 2: Los Angeles (Greek Theater)
Aug. 3: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
Aug. 5: Phoenix (Dodge Theater)
Aug. 6: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Aug. 7: Denver (Fiddler's Green Amphitheater)
Aug. 10: Lexington, Ky. (Kentucky Horse Park)
Aug. 14: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 15: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach Amphitheater)
Aug. 17: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 19: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater)
Aug. 20: Cleveland (Scene Pavilion)
Aug. 22: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Theater)
Aug. 23: Madison, Wis. (Madison Blues Festival)
Aug. 24: Minneapolis (Grand Casino Amphitheater)
Aug. 26: Chicago (Arie Crown Theater)
Aug. 28: London, Ont. (Boler Mountain)
Aug. 30: Greenwich, Conn. (Belle Haven Club)
Aug. 31: Bridgeport, Conn. (Seaside Park)
Sept. 4: Marion, S.C. (Carolina Amphitheater)
Sept. 5-6: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheater)
Sept. 7: Anderson, S.C. (Anderson Amphitheater)