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New Music: Eric Burdon and The Greenhornes – “Black Dog”

on October 18, 2012, 12:40pm

After leading The Animals and War in the ’60s and ’70s, Eric Burdon has found himself another group to front: The Greenhornes. As part of Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” (11/23), Eric Burdon and the Greenhornes will release an eponymous four-song EP produced by The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson.

The effort’s lead track, “Black Dog”, was born after Burdon injured himself on a patch of ice a few years back, living in agony under a constant state of duress. But after writing the song, which takes its name from the Winston Churchill-coined “black dog of depression” used to describe a similar despair, Burdon’s outlook’s improved. “Now I’m finding black dogs in the neighborhood that are kind to me, and I’m finding that I have no fear,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’m putting my hands through fences and stroking these dogs. It’s amazing how music can make things happen like that.”

That sense of fearlessness abounds the entire track. Stream it now at

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