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For Richie Sambora, a hard-won road to 'Aftermath of the Lowdown'

The latest solo album from Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, 'Aftermath of the Lowdown,' honestly tackles the guitarist's recent rough times.

September 03, 2012|By August Brown, Los Angeles Times

"Lowdown's" abject sincerity — from a guy who has every right to go on hot-tub autopilot at this point in his career — is a big part of its re-inventive, trends-be-damned sincerity.

Sambora's still committed to Bon Jovi, a day job that he describes as a "mothership — you just get on and it goes." But after the band wrapped up its 2011 arena tour and is currently between album cycles, it's clear that "Lowdown" is his passion project and he can't wait to play it out live. After a few of the worst years of his life, Sambora feels like "Lowdown" is a song of experience — and innocence as well.

"I'm still learning; I still have a guitar teacher and a vocal teacher," Sambora said. "I've tried to maintain my innocence as a musician and be able to tell my story, and I'm realizing it's kinda everyone's story."

august.brown@latimes.com

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