Like Black Country Communion's previous albums (2010's self-titled debut and 2011's "2"), "Afterglow" was produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, the Black Crowes), who formed the band after watching Bonamassa and Hughes perform together at a Guitar Center event in November 2009.
Afterwards, Shirley got in touch with Sherinian and Bonham to round out the group and they released their debut album in September 2010. Classic Rock Magazine called it "Possibly the best hard rock album of 2010." A mere nine months later, the group released their sophomore album "2". Guitar World named it #12 in their Top 50 Albums of 2011;Planet Rock Radio listeners crowned them Best New Band; in November, BCC scooped up the Breakthrough Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.