Blind Melon bassist Brad Smith will release his second album, Death & Joy, under the name Abandon Jalopy in February. The sophomore release comes more than 10 years after Smith released Mercy and it features guest appearances by fellow Melon members Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn as well as Chris Shinn, who sang in Unified Theory, a band featuring Smith and Thorn. Shannon Hoon’s daughter, Nico, also makes an appearance on the forthcoming release (watch Nico sing “Change” with Blind Melon).
Smith says that Death & Joy will get a vinyl release first (vinyl purchase will come with a download code) followed by a digital and CD release. You can get a sneak preview of the music in this video that Smith posted to YouTube.