‘Radio Free America’ is the debut album from superstar duo RSO and is released on 11 th May on BMG. The band consists of American rock icon, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Songwriters Hall of Famer, and founding member of multi-platinum Grammy- winning band Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora (who has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has co-written over 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits) and Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi (who has shared stages with the likes of Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, and ZZ Top, and was the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band) have both written chart- busting singles, toured the globe extensively, collaborated with superstar artists, and released three solo albums each.
Their new collaboration, RSO, sees Sambora and Orianthi teaming up as a duo for a genre-spanning musical project encompassing elements of rock, blues, pop, R&B, and country. Their voices and guitars effortlessly blend together, and their indelible melodies and uplifting lyrics create an album filled with warmth, heart and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll. ‘Radio Free America’ displays the combustible chemistry that Sambora and Orianthi have both onstage and off. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock (Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi), a taster for the album was released at the end of 2017 in the form of two EP’s.
The couple met in 2013 whilst performing in Hawaii and soon came together creatively and romantically. After moving into their new home together, Bob Rock came up with the idea to build a home studio where they could work around the clock if they wanted to, whenever the ideas came to them. In the kitchen is the main hub, complete with studio-size speakers, keyboards, computers, and mics. There are amps in the dining room, the living room overflows with racks of guitars, and the home theatre has been converted into a drum room. At home, the two have created an inviting world filled with love, friendship, laughter, and passion for music that seeps into these songs. It was also where fellow musicians could swing by including Robby Krieger (The Doors) and Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jnr. Alice Cooper also appears on the album (although he recorded his part in Transylvania!)
“I think these songs are about just being human,” Sambora says. “People have more in common with each other than they think. Ori and I have had the chance to see that up close, in front of millions of people around the world, for many years. It’s ingrained in us as songwriters, that desire to transcend language and genre, to play for people, entertain them, and write songs that can be the soundtrack to their lives.”
There are plans for the duo to play live later this year but in the meantime Richie Sambora joined his old band to perform at the Induction Ceremony to the Hall or Fame in Cleveland.