The legendary Cherry Bombs have been writing songs and are now rehearsing for a new album to be released on Universal South Records. Formed in the late 1970s as Rodney Crowell's road band, the reconstituted Cherry Bombs include original members Vince Gill, keyboardist Tony Brown, guitarist Richard Bennett, steel guitarist Hank DeVito and Crowell himself.
Original bassist Emory Gordy Jr. is not participating in the project. Session bassist Michael Rhodes will serve as his replacement. Also added to the lineup are two other noted session musicians -- drummer Eddie Bayers and keyboardist John Hobbs. Bayers will fill the slot previously held by Larrie Londin, who died in 1992.
Before his solo career ignited, Gill served as the band's guitarist. Brown, who later produced hit albums for both Crowell and Gill, is now a senior partner at Universal South Records. He remains one of the most prolific and successful producers in country music history.
Bennett and Gordy also forged successful careers as record producers. Bennett's credits include co-producing and playing guitar on Steve Earle's landmark Guitar Town album. Gordy also co-produced Guitar Town and later produced numerous artists, including his wife, Patty Loveless.
The Cherry Bombs reunited briefly in 2002 to perform at a music industry event during CMA Week.
The entire band is co-producing the Cherry Bombs' new album that's set for release in late summer or early fall of 2004. No decision has been made regarding a possible tour.