New Mastersounds guitarist Eddie Roberts and his solo band West Coast Sounds will release their new album It’s About Time on November 13 via Tallest Man Records.

According to the guitarist, “West Coast Sounds is more than simply a band name for guitar maestro Eddie Roberts’ new endeavor—it’s a statement about where he’s at in his extraordinary life. Two years ago, the Welsh native and longtime Leeds, U.K. resident/globetrotting founder of The New Mastersounds packed his gear and headed to his favorite city, San Francisco. Roberts reconnected with Hammond B3 virtuoso and Boom Boom Room stalwart Wil Blades. He found drummer Jermal Watson (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) on this year’s Jam Cruise. When Jazz Mafia horn players Joe Cohen (tenor sax) and Mike Olmos (trumpet) guested on the New Mastersounds’ album Out on the Faultline, Roberts had an epiphany.”

“I realized how amazing they were, and it set an idea off,” he said in a statement. “The addition of horns automatically changes the sound, although I would say that the grooves and the overall style of the West Coast Sounds is more similar to the New Mastersounds than my solo material, which has usually gone in more of a club jazz direction.”

Roberts produced It’s About Time at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland using house engineers live to tape in just three days with the main band, and a few more dedicated to horn overdubs. The guitarist mixed the record himself and mastering is credited to engineer John Cuniberti, who has worked with The Neville Brothers and the Grateful Dead. New Mastersounds will also release a new record this fall.

Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds will tour this fall, including a handful of dates with the New Mastersounds. Later in the year, they will also play a run of shows at San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar Music Hal with New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich
and Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis.

Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds Tour Dates

11/2 Cumberlandshe Galerie Hannover, Germany(*)
11/3 Knust Hamburg, Germany(*)
11/4 100 Club London, UK(*)
11/5 Sela Bar Leeds, UK(*)
11/10 Bear Creek Music Festival (late night w/ Wyllys & NY Hussler Ensemble)
11/10 Bear Creek Music Festival(*)
11/10 Bear Creek Music Festival(*)
11/16 Cervantes Ball Room(*)
11/17 Cervantes Ball Room(*)
11/29 Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, CA(#)
11/30 Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, CA(#)
12/1 Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, CA(#)

(*)With The New Mastersounds
(#)With Johnny Vidacovich & Reed Mathis