Heart‘s Nancy Wilson is taking some time off this year from the band, and she’s starting up a new project, Roadcase Royale.
The group finds Wilson and a trio of Heart vets — keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild and drummer Ben Smith — working alongside former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield and lead guitarist Ryan Waters to produce what a press release promises is “muscular rock with some R&B/Blues and in depth ballads thrown in.”
Wilson has stressed that this band isn’t replacing Heart, but is excited to take this band as far as it can go.
“When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale, it was an interesting symbol to me,” said Wilson. “The big heavy-duty road cases that our amps, drums, and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road — strong and regal looking, yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”
Roadcase Royale’s debut single, “Get Loud,” leads off a promised EP’s worth of new material that’s set to arrive in conjunction with tour dates.