Toronto, ON – June 7, 2018 – This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (Montreal International Jazz Festival) highlights the exceptional contributions to music made by George Thorogood, Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Renee Rosnes, Ben Harper and Ry Cooder. During this 39th edition of the Festival, the winners will be presented, respectively, with the B.B. King Award, Ella Fitzgerald Award, Miles Davis Award, Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Oscar Peterson Award and Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award.

George Thorogood is the fifth recipient of the B.B. King Award, created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival, to honour and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene. He succeeds to Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahal (2016), James Cotton (2015) and the artist in whose name the trophy was created, B.B. King (2014). 

George Thorogood will receive the award on July 1st at the Festival at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, during his Festival performance. George Thorogood and the Destroyers will continue their current 2018 Rock Party Tour, touring in support of album, Party Of One,  across North America this summer, through the fall. See below for a complete list of tour dates.

Shot to fame in 1977 with their self-titled and now-classic debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have released a total of 16 studio albums—including six gold and two platinum discs—and amassed an unmatched catalogue of hits that includes I Drink Alone, Move It On Over, and the ultimate badass anthem, Bad to the Bone. But it was their powerhouse live performances that made the band legendary: from opening for the Rolling Stones to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless and relevant classic blues-rock acts on tour today.

Thorogood's first-ever solo album, Party of One, was released in 2017 via Rounder Records. It is his fastest-selling album in nearly 20 years, and features acoustic interpretations of 14 of his favorite songs by artists such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ latest release is a limited-edition 7" single for Record Store Day featuring two new recordings. The A-side features a cover of Shot Down, originally recorded by legendary garage rockers, The Sonics, backed with Ain't Coming Home Tonight, an all-new original penned by longtime Destroyers guitarist, Jim Suhler, and legendary producer, Terry Manning (Al Green, Joe Walsh, Widespread Panic), with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines mixing the track.

The 7" single was engineered and produced by Shawn Berman, whose engineering credits range from Ice Cube to Guns N' Roses. Berman has engineered five George Thorogood and the Destroyers albums and Thorogood's 2017 solo release, Party of One.

"I wasn't aware of the song Shot Down until my wife turned me onto it," Thorogood said. "Turns out it's a perfect Thorogood song. As for Ain't Coming Home Tonight, Jim Suhler is a genius!  I hope you dig these songs as much as I do."

A limited run of 1,650 copies of the single were pressed on clear red vinyl and hand numbered by Third Man Pressing for Record Store Day, celebrated at independent record stores throughout the United States and Canada on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. 

June 23 – Lakes Jam – Brainerd, MN            
June 24 – Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater – Apple Valley, MN
June 26 – River City Casino – Saint Louis, MO
June 28 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
June 29 – Promenade Park – Toledo, OH
June 30 – Summertime Blues Festival – Owen Sound, ON
July 1 – Place des Arts at Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, QC

July 6 – Seven Feathers Casino Resort – Canyonville, OR
July 7 – Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR
July 8 – Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma, WA
July 20 – Sunset Station Outdoor Ampitheater – Henderson, NV
July 21 – Edgewater Casino Resort – Laughlin, NV
July 23 – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA
July 25 – California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CA
July 26 – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo – Sacramento, CA
July 27 – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino – Reno, NV
July 28 – Peppermill Concert Hall – West Wendover, NV
July 31 – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts – Salina, KS
August 2 – Waterfest – Oshkosh, WI
August 3 – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – Anderson, IN
August 4 – Riveredge Park – Aurora, IL
August 5 – Hard Rock Rocksino – Northfield, OH
August 7 – Rose Music Center – Huber Heights, OH
August 9 – Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City – Atlantic City, NJ
August 10 – Calvert Marine Museum – Solomons, MD
August 11 – Spyglass Ridge Winery – Sunbury, PA
August 23 – Trois-Rivieres en Blues – Trois-Rivieres, QC
September 1 – A Taste Of Colorado – Denver, CO

Praise for Party of One:

"Thorogood is a guitar-blazing revivalist whose enthusiasm
and showmanship make the music fresh.  - Baltimore Sun

"This guy plays with dirt under his fingernails, and he exudes the essence of the back road troubadour. Pick him up when he hitches a ride. Whew!" - Jazz Weekly

"This is a record that only a charismatic performer
and interpreter could pull off." - American Songwriter

"It's (George's) guitar that remains the lifeblood connecting
his fans to his musicianship."  - American Blues Scene

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