Ritchie Blackmore Releases Instrumental Tribute to Jon Lord...

Blackmore's Night released their new studio album, Dancer and the Moon, June 11 through Frontiers Records.

Among the album's highlights is an instrumental track called "Carry On...Jon," which Ritchie Blackmore wrote as a tribute to his former Deep Purple bandmate Jon Lord, who died in 2012 at age 71.

On the nearly six-minute-long minor-key track, which you can hear above, Blackmore employs a creamy, overdriven Strat tone. The track has an organic, almost live feel to it; you can even hear what sounds like Blackmore flipping his five-way pickup switch at the 1:01 mark.

Blackmore recently discussed the track with New Jersey's Star-Ledger newspaper:
We were snowed in ... the engineer and myself, the producer, we had nothing to do. I said, ‘I have an instrumental I’ve vaguely finished. Do you want to try it?’



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