Lajon Witherspoon – vocals
John Connolly – guitar
Sonny Mayo – guitar
Vinnie Hornsby – bass
Morgan Rose – drums

1997: Sevendust
1999: Home
2001: Animosity
2003: Seasons
2005: Next
2007: Alpha
2008: Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow

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Atlanta based rockers Sevendust release their seventh album, entitled ‘Hope and Sorrow’, via ADAGlobal on Dec 8 2008. It will be preceded by the ‘Prodigal Son’ single on Dec 1. The quintet will also hit the UK for a string of shows for the first time in YEARS!

During their tenure the band have nabbed three gold records, toured the globe countless times and released six albums. Now they have  funnelled all of their collective experience and musical acumen into Sevendust VII: Hope and Sorrow. From the surging guitars and stomping beats of “Enough” to the haunting strumming and harrowing howls of “Lifeless,” from the staggered riff and marching beat of “Fear” to the yearning vocals and euphoric guitar chords of “Walk Away,” Sevendust have created a record that’s difficult to categorize and impossible to ignore.

Sevendust had more fun creating Hope and Sorrow than they’ve had in years. Not only did they enjoy feeding off each other’s ideas and writing whatever they felt inspired by without anyone looking over their shoulders, they had the luxury of working on their own schedule. And they, had a couple special guests that made the process even more rewarding. The most unlikely collaboration came from former American Idol star and Grammy-nominated hitmaker Chris Daughtry, who leant vocals to “Beneath the Water.”

“He’s an enormous fan of our band and we never knew it,” Connolly says. “We did a radio show in Fort Myers, Florida, and we look outside the bus and I go, ‘Who’s that guy with the shades on standing outside the front door?’ And sure enough it was Chris Daughtry waiting for one of us to come off the bus so he could meet us. He’s the nicest guy in the world and we basically became friends with him that day. So, then he was in Atlanta on a break and they had an opportunity to get in the studio for four or five hours and that was it.”


Also joining Sevendust on Hope and Sorrow were Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy and guitarist Mark Tremonti (ex-Creed) “We’ve known Tremonti since the Creed days,” Witherspoon says. “We toured together and we’re still really good friends. Unfortunately, they couldn’t come to Atlanta, so we sent the track “Sorrow” down to Myles in Spokane, [Washington], and, man, he sent it back to us with this beautiful part he laid down that was almost like Jeff Buckley. And Mark put the solo down on “Inside,” and it just sounds like he kicked somebody’s door down and started ripping up shit with his guitar.”

“It was cool because we told those guys to do whatever they felt inspired by,” adds Connolly. “And then those tracks came in it was like having a brand new perspective on those songs.”


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