For the last few years, ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been gushing about the music he’s been making with his girlfriend, Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi. Now the couple, who call their collaboration RSO, have delivered their first release.
Today, the duo issued a five-track EP titled Rise, which finds them exploring a variety of genres, including hard rock, pop, blues, R&B and country.
One of the EP’s tracks, a soulful pop-rock ballad called “Masterpiece,” was given its premiere today on Billboard.com, and can also be heard at RSO’s official YouTube channel. According to Billboard, a number of high-profile guest musicians contributed to Rise, including Alice Cooper — whose touring band Orianthi used to play in — and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.
Sambora tells Billboard about Rise, “It was our relationship that we were exploring…and now it goes out to humanity. Hopefully people are going to go, ‘Yeah, I get that.'”
Richie and Orianthi revealed to the publication that they have recorded about 25 tracks overall, and will eventually release a full-length album. According to RSO’s official website, the EP is one of two releases that will come out this year.
Fans who order Rise at RSOOfficial.com will receive a bonus track: a reggae-flavored version of the song “Good Times.”
Here is the track list of RSO’s Rise EP:
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