The release is a hard driving blues/rock project with influences from blues, rock and jazz and lyrics that include tinges of poetry and literature. A contemporary recording with soul, intensity and creative energy, the album features songs with multi-layered arrangements, solid driving grooves and stylistic depth. They are energetic and strong - with music and lyric collaborations from Manzarek and Rogers, and lyric contributions from the likes of Warren Zevon, Jim Carroll and poet Michael McClure.
Ray Manzarek said of the album, "This is a head-first dive into American contemporary Blues. Roy and I take the unique art form of the Blues and add a 21st century twist to the genre. We are working with a group of great American poets: Michael McClure, famed beat and close friend of Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsburg; Jim Carroll of 'The Basketball Diaries' fame; Warren Zevon - the 'Werewolf of London' himself; Michael C. Ford, noted L.A. jazz poet and good friend of Jim Morrison's; and Scott Richardson, blues rocker of Michigan's 'The Scott Richardson Case' and now a California seeker of ultimate mystical experiences. Their lyrics are superb, succinct, now, and salient. What Roy and I have weaved around their words are songs that are not standard 12 bar, but do, in fact, live and breathe in the dark, underground world... of the Blues! 'Translucent Blues'"