Stranger in This Town is a rock/blues solo album by Richie Sambora, the guitarist from New Jersey band Bon Jovi.
As his first solo album, Sambora experimented with a more blues-oriented sound. He sings lead vocals and plays guitar on the album, backed by Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres on drums and David Bryan on keyboards, joined by Tony Levin on bass. Eric Clapton guest stars with a guitar solo on the track "Mr. Bluesman".
"Ballad of Youth", "One Light Burning" and "The Answer" were co-written with colleagues from his former club band Shark Frenzy. "Rosie" was originally intended to be a Bon Jovi song for their fourth album "New Jersey"; versions of this song with the full Bon Jovi line-up have surfaced as bootlegs.
Stranger in this Town was released in 1991, while Bon Jovi was on a 17 month hiatus. Jon Bon Jovi also put out a solo album in 1990 during this period.
The album charted at #36 on The Billboard 200 and #20 on the UK Albums Chart.
The lead single "Ballad of Youth" reached a high of #63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #59 in the UK, the title track "Stranger In This Town" charted at #38 on the Mainstream rock charts but "One Light Burning" failed to chart. all three singles being accompanied by music videos.
Occasionally, "Stranger in This Town" has been played by Sambora on Bon Jovi's tours, most recently on their Lost Highway Tour in 2008.
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