Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with his sons and Joe Walsh join hands on ‘Prayers’
The American Guitarist and the Khans took their friendship to form art, i.e. spiritually driven three-song EP.
The Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan calls it his very first collaboration with the rock and roll world. His new EP Prayers – East meets West which is collaborated with the legendary guitarist Joe Walsh.
Joe Walsh is popularly known for his creations and goose flashes guitar music in his discography. Whether it’s with Eagles, Ringo Starr, B.B. King or even his solos. Prayers is a three-track set that is inspiring and profound. Amjad Ali Khan says, “During my tours in the U.S., we recorded in Joe’s beautiful studio in Los Angeles over two sessions in 2019 so we had finished our sessions just during the pre lockdown time.”
This record has beautifully harmonized the traditional song, “We Shall Overcome/Hum Honge Kamyab” on “Hope (We Shall Overcome)” featuring Amaan Ali Khan Bangash and Ayaan Ali Khan Bangash. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan says, “The world of rock and roll is epic. Through this collaboration, the aim is to preserve the essence of both Indian and western traditions so they can flow into each other without artistic compromise.”
While recording with Walsh, Khan and his sons also jammed with some veterans out there such as Stewart Copeland of The Police, drummer Jim Keltner (who worked with George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, and more), Guitarist Davey Johnstone (Elton John’s lead guitarist), plus bassists Nathan East (who’s worked with Michael Jackson, Leland Sklar (James Taylor) and Abe Laboriel Sr. (Dolly Parton). Amaan adds, “It was a complete pleasure and an honor to work with two icons of their fields along with such amazing artistes from California. The warmth came through in the process of creating music. I feel very blessed to be a part of this journey.”