Exclusive: Johnny Depp is making a blues album

Depp is recording the album in his kitchen.

Johnny Depp, Terry Reid's new producer
Depp next Johnny Depp is joining the Universal revival Image Getty

Johnny Depp is producing his first album – and he’s making it in his kitchen.

Depp is known for his musical prowess, having played guitar on songs by the likes of Noel Gallagher, Ryan Adams and Marilyn Manson.

The movie great also formed a band, Hollywood Vampires, with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. They released their self-titled debut album in 2015.

Johnny Depp's band Hollywood Vampires
Vampire attraction Johnny Depp on stage with his band Hollywood Vampires.

But Depp is now producing the new album by blues great Terry Reid – and it’s being made in the home studio in Depp’s kitchen.

News of the collaboration was revealed by Reid’s record company Light In The Attic, which posted a picture of the singer at work in the studio. “Terry Reid is recording in Johnny Depp’s home studio,” the label said. “Depp will executive produce Terry’s new album.”

Born in Huntingdon, Cambs, Reid is most famous for rejecting the chance to be Led Zeppelin’s singer before Robert Plant joined. A friend of Jimmy Page, Reid said no when the Zep guitarist asked him to join his new band.

But Reid is hugely respected in his own right by fellow musicians, particularly The Rolling Stones who Reid has supported on numerous tours.

He played at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1971 and his song Rich Kid Blues was covered by Jack White’s band The Raconteurs in 2005.

Although Reid released his debut album Bang Bang You’re Terry Reid in 1968, his new Depp-produced record will only be his eighth record. His last album The River, produced by Trevor Horn, was released in 1991.

Marilyn Manson has often spoken of his respect for Depp’s musical ability. He told Loaded last year: “He knows what he’s doing. He’s got good ears and a good soul.”

Depp will next be seen in Alice Through The Looking Glass, while the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film Dead Men Tell No Tales is due in 2017.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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