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October 20, 2010 by  

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Rock ‘n’ roll icons Social Distortion have officially announced the release of their new studio album, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’, which is set for January 17. A follow-up to ‘Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll’, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’ is the band’s seventh studio album and first release in over six years. Fans are invited to download the first single, ‘Machine Gun Blues’, via iTunes on November 8.

After years of working with various producers in the studio, Mike Ness took on the duty for the first time with their new album. The band entered a Burbank studio in early 2010 where they recorded for the next several months in between spring and summer tour dates which included Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. In early October the band wrapped up recording before heading out for their fall US tour.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Ness explains. “I love being on that side of the board. Even though I’ve co-produced all of our records, I always was there for everything. It just came to a point where I was like ‘I think I want to try this, I want to do this ourselves.’ By being at the helm this time allowed so much more focus for me to the fine details of every aspect of it, whether it was performances, or tones, or arrangements, backing vocals….everything.”

Bruce Springsteen has “been a fan of Social Distortion for a long long time,” and Guitar World has ranked Mike Ness as one of the coolest guitarists of all time.

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Track Listing:
01. Road Zombie
02. California (Hustle and Flow)
03. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown
04. Diamond In The Rough
05. Machine Gun Blues
06. Bakersfield
07. Far Side Of Nowhere
08. Alone And Forsaken
09. Writing On The Wall
10. Cant Take it with You
11. Still Alive



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