Bless the unflinching heart of Chuck Berry. Today the rock & roll legend hits the 90 year mark in an innovative and storied life of duck-stepping and trailblazing. In fact, without Berry there might never have been any roll to rock at all. But he won’t spend his ninth decade of being a living, breathing god of the six-string in a recliner. No, Berry’s opted for a very different kind of celebration.
In 2017, Berry will release his seventeenth studio album CHUCK, which also happens to be his first studio release since 1979’s Rock It. No firm date has been set as of yet, but that’s practically of no consequence. Just the fact that Berry is still here and putting in work in the booth is an inspiring note to say the least. Earlier this year, the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors with Berry’s Cadillac on display, right next to the mothership, Dilla’s MPC and one day (hopefully) the entirety of Prince’s excavated and relocated vault, and is certainly worth a day trip to DC to peep.
Keep your eyes on us for updates on Chuck Berry’s new album in the months ahead. Until then, you can still catch Berry on the road, amazingly enough, though his next date doesn’t appear to be until spring of 2017.