History Of The Blues

When you think of the blues, you think about misfortune, betrayal and regret. You lose your job, you get the blues. Your mate falls out of love with you, you get the blues. Your dog dies, you get the blues.

While blues lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself goes far beyond self-pity. The blues is also about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun. The best blues is visceral, cathartic, and starkly emotional. From unbridled joy to deep sadness, no form of music communicates more genuine emotion.

The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African-American history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Its inventors were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves—African-American sharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields. It’s generally accepted that the music evolved from African spirituals, African chants, work songs, field hollers, rural fife and drum music, revivalist hymns, and country dance music.

The blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta just upriver from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Blues and jazz have always influenced each other, and they still interact in countless ways today.

Unlike jazz, the blues didn’t spread out significantly from the South to the Midwest until the 1930s and ’40s. Once the Delta blues made their way up the Mississippi to urban areas, the music evolved into electrified Chicago blues, other regional blues styles, and various jazz-blues hybrids. A decade or so later the blues gave birth to rhythm ‘n blues and rock ‘n roll.

No single person invented the blues, but many people claimed to have discovered the genre. For instance, minstrel show bandleader W.C. Handy insisted that the blues were revealed to him in 1903 by an itinerant street guitarist at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi.

During the middle to late 1800s, the Deep South was home to hundreds of seminal bluesmen who helped to shape the music. Unfortunately, much of this original music followed these sharecroppers to their graves. But the legacy of these earliest blues pioneers can still be heard in 1920s and ’30s recordings from Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and other Southern states. This music is not very far removed from the field hollers and work songs of the slaves and sharecroppers. Many of the earliest blues musicians incorporated the blues into a wider repertoire that included traditional folk songs, vaudeville music, and minstrel tunes.

Without getting too technical, most blues music is comprised of 12 bars (or measures). A specific series of notes is also utilized in the blues. The individual parts of this scale are known as the blue notes.

Well-known blues pioneers from the 1920s such as Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson usually performed solo with just a guitar. Occasionally they teamed up with one or more fellow bluesmen to perform in the plantation camps, rural juke joints, and rambling shacks of the Deep South. Blues bands may have evolved from early jazz bands, gospel choirs and jug bands. Jug band music was popular in the South until the 1930s. Early jug bands variously featured jugs, guitars, mandolins, banjos, kazoos, stringed basses, harmonicas, fiddles, washboards and other everyday appliances converted into crude instruments.

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Over two hours of some of the greatest blues songs ever written are highlighted in a celebration of blues heritage

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — GRAMMY-nominated King Of Blues -rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s 22-track Double CD, Double DVD, Blu-ray, and 4-LP Deluxe Edition Live at the Greek Theatre debuted this week at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. This marks the artist’s 17th #1 Billboard Blues Album, more than any other artist. Other Billboard chart numbers include #1 Top DVD Music Video Chart, #1 Top Music Video Chart, #3 Indie Chart, #19 Top Albums Chart, and #48 Top 200 Chart.

A tribute to three of the greatest bluesmen to ever live – Albert King, B.B. King, and Freddie King – Live at the Greek Theatre celebrates these icons with over two hours of some the greatest blues songs ever written. The release includes a collector’s edition booklet, and several bonus features containing behind-the-scenes footage and more. It is currently airing on Public TV and MTV Live.

“His performance seems to be even bigger and better than ever before,” said National Rock Review; Stereoboard said, “From evocative lighting to superb camera work and the joy of every musician on stage, this is a treat that further propagates the feeling you’re witnessing history in the making. Somewhere, the next King Of Blues Joe Bonamassa might obsessively digest this release and use it as a catalyst in the same way the ‘Three Kings’ roused this modern day blues great.”

 

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Why Is the Blues Called the ‘Blues

Why is blues music called “the blues”? The name of this great American music probably originated with the 17th-century English expression “the blue devils,” for the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. Shortened over time to “the blues,” it came to mean a state of agitation or depression. “Blue” was slang for “drunk” by the 1800s. The link between “blue” and drinking is also indicated by “blue laws” that still prohibit Sunday alcohol sales in some states.

By the turn of the century, a couple’s dance that involved slowly grinding the hips together called “the blues” or “the slow drag” was popular in Southern juke joints. A rural juke would be jammed on weekends with couples getting their drink on, doing the pre-coital shuffle to the accompaniment of a “bluesman” on guitar.

W.C. Handy created sequences — verse, chorus, et cetera. But the old timers didn’t really play that way. John Lee Hooker, he didn’t play by bars, he didn’t count — he just made a change whenever he felt like it. He didn’t necessarily rhyme all his words, neither. Whatever he was thinking, whatever came up, that’s what he was singing. I think Handy was trying his best to make the songs seem as professional as possible, yet also simple to play, so he put bars to the music where you could count. Twelve bars with a turn-back.”

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Joe Bonamassa has been more influenced by the impact of British Blues than by any other music out there. From a young age, the musically inclined Joe fell in love with the hard-rocking, gritty and edgy sound that emanated from mid-1960’s Britain. This is especially true of the highly innovative and evocative guitar music produced by three of the field’s greatest heavyweights, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. With the deepest reverence for what these three men have accomplished and a true love of their music.<

Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, with this unforgettable performance he was able to give special homage to the British guitarists that inspired him, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

The five-piece band included Michael Rhodes (Bass), Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Anton Fig (Drums) and Russ Irwin (Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals).

For Blues Concerts Watch the trailer for the British Blues Explosion Live album here!

Gibson Collectors

Joe Bonamassa recently dropped by the Gibson Custom shop in Nashville to talk all things guitar — including the brand-new Collector’s Choice #3, a.k.a. “The Babe.” Gibson Custom recreated Joe’s rare 1960 Les Paul that features a factory-ordered Bigsby vibrato. In the video below, the guitar master discusses the specifics of the original LP, as well as the Collector’s Choice editions, and reveals his own nickname for the guitar — “the Batman.”

Gibson will post a new video next week with the complete interview with Joe Bonamassa, touching on his new album, his signature Epiphone Goldtop and the influence of Eric Clapton.

Here is the band members Joe is bringing for the forthcoming accoustic tour this summer.

– Joe Bonamassa (vocals, guitar)
– Arlan Schierbaum (accordion, pump organ, celeste)
– Gerry O’Connor (Mandolin, fiddle, Irish Banjo)
– Mats Wester (Nyckelharpa)
– Lenny Castro (percussion).

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Black Coffee

It has been 4 years since 2013’s critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and number 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they have both been on fire, riding creative tidal waves both in the studio and live. So, the time was primed perfectly to reunite for another collection of scorching interpretations of ten soul gems that twins Hart’s breath-taking vocals, that sweep and delve deep into the belly of the song and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing make Black Coffee, released on January 26th, 2018, a captivating listen.

With producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the result is the stunning rollercoaster that digs deep into the soul catalogue where they honour but re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta, James, Ike & Tina Turner/Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck. Each one having the majestic heart and soul that Beth and Joe bleed on each record.

Recorded in 5 days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas in August 2016 with some of the finest musicians around, they have once again recalled some familiar names in Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion), Ron Dziubla (Saxophone),  and Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone) and welcomed in Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Michael Rhodes (Bass), Rob McNelley (Rhythm Guitar), Paulie Cerra (Saxophone), Mahalia Barnes (Backing Vocals), Jade Macrae (Backing Vocals) and Juanita Tippins (Backing vocals).

Talking about the sessions behind Black Coffee, Seesaw, 2011’s Don’t Explain and 2014s Live in Amsterdam, Shirley gives some insight of what they are looking to achieve; “We’re trying not to dig into a playbook that’s been done many times which is the old soul classics. We try and find a different spin on it, originally it was about trying to find some songs that people didn’t know at all and bring them back to people’s attention.”

One such song, was a Joe suggestion, the album opener Give It Everything You Got taken from 1971s Edgar Winter’s White Trash album, with its hard rock meets Stax infused sound, the band deliver a formidable performance. “I don’t think that’s a song a lot of people know, it’s an old soul classic but it’s not really amongst the pantheon of the ones you expect,” says Shirley

“One of the things Jeff Beck had said to me once that I thought was so wonderful was” explains Hart. “He said, as soon as you get comfortable, and if you stay there, you’re just gonna start dying as an artist. And I feel that, one of the gifts that I’ve got with working with Joe is that I’m always uncomfortable- in a good way. “

Shirley adds about the band, ”those guys just played live, they just came in and played, it was mind numbingly incredible to be in the studio when that happens, the band were so great.”

Lullaby of the Leaves, originally recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, was one of the lesser known songs on 1964’s Hello Dolly and like with how they approached Strange Fruit on Seesaw, they transformed the song into a delicate but brooding and cinematic offering.

“For me I’m able to explore the kind of music I have always admired from afar,” reveals Bonamassa. “But you don’t want to hear me singing Ella Fitzgerald…” he explained as Beth joins in. “I would never do Ella Fitzgerald without being with Joe, the things I get to do with you are things I think I grew up always wanting to do, but never believed I could.”

The gospel flavoured R&B workout Saved originally performed by LaVern Baker – only the second female solo artist to be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 – has been covered by; Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Billy Fury, Elkie Brooks and The Band amongst others and is a full throttle, raucous, tongue-in-cheek moment, written from the perspective of someone who had lived a fast, loose life but is then “saved” and is now standing on a corner preaching to the passers-by. They also take an altogether different mood on the luscious Soul on Fire, where they pay homage to Baker’s first ever solo release.

Sitting On Top of The World is a stone cold classic and has been recorded by some of the world’s most iconic artists; Ray Charles, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. KingCream and the Grateful Dead have all stamped their mark on it. Here it has a swirling duel from Bonamassa’s searing guitar and Wynan’s keys whilst Hart’s voice helps propel the song through the stratosphere.  The sultry punch of Lucinda Williams’ Joy has an irresistible guttural groove. “We have tracks like that in which, it was such a noisy jam in the studio, and I love that track, the energy in it.” Shirley enthuses. Addicted, is taken from the 2007 trip-hop leaning album by Austrian Electronic trio Waldeck which Shirley came across whilst on holiday and “shazamed” it.

The smouldering Damn Your Eyes is taken from Etta James 1988 comeback record Seven Year Itch, Kansas Joe McCoy’s jazz-blues Why Don’t You Do It Right? made its first impact on Lil Green’s 1941 version before Peggy Lee covered it a year later which went on to sell over 1 million copes after appearing in the movie Stage Door Canteen in 1943, both see the after dark bar room Jazz shine through. They harness prime Steve Marriot on his take of Ike & Tina Turner’s Black Coffee, inspiration coming from his version live on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973, which see’s Beth sing with fire, fury and soul.

“It’s really predicated on the vocals,” Bonamassa explains. “We can’t cut these tunes without Beth singing and once she starts singing, it’s the glue that inspires us to get the extra 10% out of the playing. If we just cut them and sang later, the magic wouldn’t be there.”

“That’s something the two of us stopped doing many, many years ago” agrees Hart. “There was all this layering and layering and then it’s time for you to sing and it’s like you’re not even making music any more. There’s nothing like being able to sit there live and see Joe, seeing the drums, seeing the bass, being able to see Kevin. I can feel the vibrations, it changes the whole thing.”

“Kevin really gets that that,” she continues. “It’s like he wrote that idea. It just works the best, in the old old days, that’s how they did it, bad ass singers and bad ass musicians would have a couple of hours to get a whole record done or whatever it was they were doing and that was it, it was time to go.”

One of the key aspects of the sessions is to push everyone as much as possible. “They are always out of their comfort zone in the studio, this session especially wasn’t a comfortable session,” Shirley reveals. “Everyone left feeling challenged. It’s intriguing.  We go into the studio for 5 days and all of the musicians are challenged, they are all very good musicians, very experienced musicians, top of their field, nothing is easy, this isn’t a summer in the grass session, just a couple of chords, this is people digging in deep.”

Source : billboard blues

King Of Blues Honor’s Chuck Berry

Joe Bonamassa Honor’s Chuck Berry

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to Honors Chuck Berry

Joe Bonamassa, Earl Slick and Lemmy Kilmister are among those set to perform when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pays tribute to Chuck Berry at this year’s annual American Music Masters event in October.

Titled Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, the celebration will last a full week, beginning Monday, October 22, and will feature interviews, panel discussions, films and educational programs. Saturday, October 27, will feature a conference exploring the impact of Berry’s music on popular culture, but the real highlight occurs that evening, when a who’s who of stars pay tribute to Berry in live performance.

Joe Bonamassa Dazzles with “Live At Radio City Music Hall” Out on CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray on October 2

In January 2015, Joe Bonamassa took the iconic Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall for the first time for a sold-out, two-night run that allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream of performing in one of the world’s most legendary venues. On October 2, 2015, Bonamassa will share this experience with fans and music lovers around the world when he releases Joe Bonamassa – Live At Radio City Music Hall (J&R Adventures) as a CD/DVD set and CD/Blu-ray set. It will also air this fall on the Palladia HD TV network.

The set features over 75 minutes of music, two newly recorded songs, nine unreleased live tracks, over 2.5 hours of live footage, a special 45-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a 40-page collector’s book with exclusive photos, and a sneak peek into Bonamassa’s childhood home and musical heritage.

Source : Best Guitarist

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British Blues Explosion Live

• Joe Bonamassa has sold well over 3 million records worldwide and has fifteen #1 Billboard Blues Albums; his previous DVDs are certified gold.

• His most recent studio album, Blues of Desperation, released in March of 2016, marks his 16th #1 Blues album on the Billboard charts, more than any other artist, and landed at #5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales, his highest charting yet in the US. In Europe, it charted in 15 countries.

• Joe is touring Europe extensively in 2018.

• His latest collaborative album with vocal ”powerhouse” Beth Hart called ‘Black Coffee’ debuted at #1 in the Dutch album charts. Other chart positions include a #4 in Germany and #7 in the UK.

• Joe Bonamassa has been featured on the cover of virtually every guitar magazine multiple times. His name is notorious among guitarists not only for being a virtuoso, but also for his incredible collection of vintage guitars, gear and memorabilia.

Joe Bonamassa, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues rock guitar icon, who will kick-off his UK and European tour March 9th, has announced the release of British Blues Explosion Live on Friday 18th May on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray & 3LP (Black / Red, White & Blue) via Mascot Label Group in Europe and J&R Adventures in North America.

The DVD and Blu-ray includes amazing bonus content such as Joe performing “Taxman” Live at the Cavern Club, Joe being honoured with a “Brick In The Wall”, the British Blues Explosion Explained by Mick Wall and a photo gallery of the British Blues Explosion UK Tour.

A Salute to the British Blues Explosion, featuring the unbelievable music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page! Joe pays tribute to his British Blues heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain – 5 performances only. This show was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016.

Joe Bonamassa has been more influenced by the impact of British Blues than by any other music out there. From a young age, the musically inclined Joe fell in love with the hard-rocking, gritty and edgy sound that emanated from mid-1960’s Britain. This is especially true of the highly innovative and evocative guitar music produced by three of the field’s greatest heavyweights, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. With the deepest reverence for what these three men have accomplished and a true love of their music.<

Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, with this unforgettable performance he was able to give special homage to the British guitarists that inspired him, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

The five-piece band included Michael Rhodes (Bass), Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Anton Fig (Drums) and Russ Irwin (Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals).

Watch the trailer for the British Blues Explosion Live album here!

Blues Update

Watch Joe Bonamassa Cover Jeff Beck’s “Let Me Love You Baby”

The bruising, blues-ing tune originally appeared on Jeff Beck’s debut solo album, ‘Truth.’

Joe Bonamassa performs at Greenwich Music Time.

• Joe Bonamassa has sold well over 3 million records worldwide and has fifteen #1 Billboard Blues Albums; his previous DVDs are certified gold.

• His most recent studio album, Blues of Desperation, released in March of 2016, marks his 16th #1 Blues album on the Billboard charts, more than any other artist, and landed at #5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales, his highest charting yet in the US. In Europe it charted in 15 countries.

• Joe is touring Europe extensively in 2018.

• His latest collaborative album with vocal ”powerhouse” Beth Hart called ‘Black Coffee’ debuted at #1 in the Dutch album charts. Other chart positions include a #4 in Germany and #7 in the UK.

• Joe Bonamassa has been featured on the cover of virtually every guitar magazine multiple times. His name is notorious among guitarists not only for being a virtuoso, but also for his incredible collection of vintage guitars, gear and memorabilia.

I’ve been saying it for about a decade, and I’ll say it again: Joe Bonamassa has good taste. Just consider his gear choices, his note choices and the fact that he hangs and records with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s former bandmates (Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans).

He’s also a man who truly appreciates the “big three” of blues-based British rock—Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. In fact, on his latest live album/DVD, British Blues Explosion Live, Bonamassa breathes a bit of fire into a slew of classic tunes originally recorded by the mighty three.

For instance, check out his just-posted performance of “Let Me Love You Baby,” a bruising, blues-ing tune that originally appeared on Jeff Beck’s debut solo album, Truth,which was released in the summer of 1968. The song, not to be confused with the Buddy Guy tune of the same name, was originally sung by Rod Stewart and features a particularly catchy guitar hook—at least for a I-IV-V album track. You can hear Beck’s original version of the song (which he wrote) at the bottom of this story.

The performance was shot and recorded during Bonamassa’s July 7, 2016, show at Greenwich Music Time at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, part of his “British blues explosion” tour of the U.K.

“If it weren’t for certain British musicians of the early Sixties, the blues may very well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history,” Bonamassa said in a press release.

British Blues Explosion Live will be released May 18 via J&R Adventures. For more information, head here or visit jbonamassa.com.

British Blues Explosion Live Track List (and the original guitarist): 
1. Beck’s Bolero/Rice Pudding (Beck)
2. Mainline Florida (Clapton)
3. Boogie with Stu (Page)
4. Let Me Love You Baby (Beck)
5. Plynth (Water Down the Drain) (Beck)
6. Spanish Boots (Beck)
7. Double Crossing Time (Clapton)
8. Motherless Children (Clapton)
9. SWLABR (Clapton)
10. Tea for One/I Can’t Quit You Baby (Page)
11. Little Girl (Clapton)
12. Pretending (Clapton)
13. Black Winter/Django (Page tribute/Beck)
14. How Many More Times (Page)

British Blues Explosion Live – Tour Dates

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa has announced that he’ll release a new live package later this year.

Titled British Blues Explosion Live, it was recorded during the vocalist and guitarist’s show at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, on July 7, 2016.

It was part of the live tour Bonamassa set up to honour the musicians who have inspired him, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

It’ll launch on May 18 on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and 3LP via Mascot Label Group/J&R Adventures.

Bonamassa says: “If it wasn’t for certain British musicians of the early 1960s, the blues may well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history.”

British Blues Explosion Live is now available for pre-order. Find the cover art and tracklist below, along with Bonamassa’s upcoming tour dates and a trailer for the new release.

Joe Bonamassa British Blues Explosion Live tracklist

  1. Beck’s Bolero / Rice Pudding
  2. Mainline Florida
  3. Boogie With Stu
  4. Let Me Love You Baby
  5. Plynth (Water Down The Drain)
  6. Spanish Boots
  7. Double Crossing Time
  8. Motherless
  9. SWLABR
  10. Tea For One / I Can’t Quit You Baby
  11. Little Girl
  12. Pretending
  13. Black Winter / Django
  14. How Many More Times

Tour Dates

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:30PM Sage Gateshead Gateshead, United Kingdom
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:30PM Genting Arena Birmingham, United Kingdom
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:00PM The Brighton Centre Brighton, United Kingdom
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8:00PM Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00PM Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:00PM Wiener Stadthalle / Halle F Bezirk-Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Austria
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:00PM Dom Muzyki i Tańca Zabrze, Poland
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 8:00PM Stadthalle Chemnitz, Großer Saal Chemnitz, Germany
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:00PM ARENA NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG Nürnberg, Germany
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8:00PM LANXESS Arena Koln, Germany
Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8:00PM Tempodrom Berlin, Germany
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8:00PM Tempodrom Berlin, Germany
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8:00PM Sparkassen Arena Kiel, Germany
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 8:00PM The Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, United States
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:00PM State Theatre Easton, United States
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:00PM Providence Performing Arts Providence, United States
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00PM Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, United States
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00PM Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, United States
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 8:00PM Rochester Auditorium Theatre Rochester, United States
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8:00PM Berglund Performing Arts Theater Roanoke, United States
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:00PM Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta, United States
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00PM Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta, United States
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00PM King Performing Arts Center Melbourne, United States
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8:00PM St Augustine Amphitheatre St Augustine, United States
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, United States
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00PM Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, United States
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:00PM Pensacola Saenger Theatre Pensacola, United States
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:00PM Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium Shreveport, United States
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:00PM Saenger Theatre New Orleans New Orleans, United States
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00PM Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land Sugar Land, United States
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 8:00PM Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center Midland, United States
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:00PM Moody Theater Austin, United States
Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 8:00PM Majestic Theatre San Antonio San Antonio, United States
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 8:00PM Majestic Theatre San Antonio San Antonio, United States
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 8:30PM Kursaal Oostende Ostende, Belgium
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:30PM Hampton Court London, United Kingdom
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00PM Humphreys Concerts By the Bay San Diego, United States
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8:00PM Humphreys Concerts By the Bay San Diego, United States
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 8:00PM Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, United States
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 8:00PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, United States
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:00PM Ryman Auditorium Nashville, United States
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 8:00PM Ryman Auditorium Nashville, United States
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 8:00PM Ryman Auditorium Nashville, United States

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LIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE

LIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE BLUES UPDATE

Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre

Release Date : September 23, 2016
Format : CD, DVD, BLU-RAY

Joe Bonamassa King Of Blues Honors “The Three Kings” on ‘Live At The Greek Theatre’ CD/DVD/Blu-ray/LP, out Sept. 23

Over two hours of some of the greatest blues songs ever written are highlighted in a celebration of blues heritage

Los Angeles, August 2, 2016: On September 23rd, GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will deliver Live at the Greek Theatre, a 22-track Double CD, Double DVD, Blu-ray, and 4-LP Deluxe Edition tribute to three of the greatest bluesmen to ever live – Albert King, B.B. King, and Freddie King. Live at the Greek Theatre showcases “The Three Kings” tour of 2015; a 14-date US amphitheater tour that culminated at famed Los Angeles venue The Greek. Bonamassa celebrates the trio of blues icons with over two hours of some the greatest blues songs ever written. The release includes a collector’s edition booklet, and several bonus features containing behind-the-scenes footage and more. Public TV and MTV Live, formerly Palladia, will broadcast the epic Blues tribute performances during their August and September schedules.

Fans will instantly receive a free download of the track “Let the Good Times Roll,” as a thank you for pre-ordering the new Album. Live at the Greek Theatre can be pre-ordered here: http://shop.jbonamassa.com/collections/live-at-the-greek-theatre

Watch “Let The Good Times Roll” here: https://youtu.be/WOqvzacf9qg

Playing on a warm summer night to a nearly sold-out crowd, Bonamassa’s handpicked set list of songs was called “spectacular” by Premier Guitar; Los Angeles Times said the show “had swing and polish” and that “Bonamassa evoked the signature licks of all three icons while managing to put his own stamp on things.”

Songs ranged from blues standards to deep cuts, including “Born Under A Bad Sign,” “Lonesome Whistle Blues,” “Hummingbird,” “Let The Good Times Roll,” and, of course, B.B. King’s famed “The Thrill Is Gone” as the evening closer. For Bonamassa, the tour’s importance deepened significantly when B.B., his friend and mentor, passed away two months before it began. “My only regret is that B.B. was not alive to see it,” said Bonamassa.

Showcasing “magnificent guitar playing” (The Morning Call), Bonamassa introduced a steady rotation of vintage guitars, including four Gibson ES models, a Gibson Les Paul, a Gibson Flying V, two new Gibson Custom Shop models, two Fender Strats, and a 1972 Dan Erlewine custom Flying V named “Lucy,” originally owned and played by Albert King and currently in the collection of actor Steven Seagal.

The eleven-piece band included Anton Fig (drums), Kirk Fletcher (guitar), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), Ron Dziubla (saxophone), and a trio of backup singers including Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae, and Juanita Tippins.

Live at the Greek Theatre continues Bonamassa’s tradition of honoring incredible concert venues like the Royal Albert Hall, the Vienna Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and the Beacon Theater. As with all Bonamassa DVD shoots, the performance at the Greek offered a unique presentation of this historical music.

This tour was a continuation of the celebration of our blues heritage, which began with the 2014 production of Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, a tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Both tours gave a portion of proceeds to presenting partner Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, a non-profit Bonamassa founded in 2011 that promotes the heritage of the blues to the next generation, funds music scholarships, and supplements the loss of music education in public schools.

Bonamassa’s most recent studio album, Blues of Desperation, released March 25, marks his 16th #1 Blues album on the Billboard charts, more than any other artist, and landed at #5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales, his highest charting yet.

Track Listing:

CD 1

  1. See See Baby
  2. Some Other Day, Some Other Time
  3. Lonesome Whistle Blues
  4. Sittin’ On The Boat Dock
  5. You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling
  6. Going Down
  7. I’ll Play The Blues For You
  8. I Get Evil
  9. Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
  10. Angel Of Mercy
  11. Cadillac Assembly Line

CD 2

  1. Oh, Pretty Woman
  2. Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Never Make Your Move Too Soon
  4. Ole Time Religion
  5. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
  6. Boogie Woogie Woman
  7. Hummingbird
  8. Hide Away
  9. Born Under A Bad Sign
  10. The Thrill Is Gone
  11. Riding With The Kings

TOUR DE FORCE: LIVE IN LONDON – ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Release Date : June 19, 2014

Format : CD & DVD/Blu-Ray

Guitar Hero Joe Bonamassa will release his epic “Tour De Force – Live In London” as a 2-CD set on May 19, 2014. The unprecedented live concert event – which was released on four DVDs (or Blu-rays) last fall with all four debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Music DVD  Chart – was captured last year when Bonamassa performed a quartet of shows at the iconic London venues he’s played throughout his career – Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and The Borderline. The venues provide the backdrop for a ferocious four-night event, each evening marked by a unique theme featuring Bonamassa with different bands, different set lists, and different arrangements and ensembles performing over 60 songs in total – some never performed live before – from Bonamassa’s extensive career.

Tour De Force – Live In London chronicles Bonamassa’s atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Beginning in the 200-capacity London Borderline with a trio, Bonamassa pays tribute to his earlier career performing songs he hasn’t played live in years. The following evening at Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a blues-themed night featuring a horns section with a soulful, big-blues-band feel. Then on to the Hammersmith Apollo which opens with a short acoustic set before moving into a rock-inspired evening. Finally, on the fourth and final night at the Royal Albert Hall, Bonamassa treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs featuring the acoustic band from his #1 Billboard acoustic CD/DVD An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House.

The end result – over 9 hours of concert footage – more than lives up to its billing as “The Guitar Event of The Year” and sees Bonamassa reliving, revisiting, and redefining the many phases and pivotal moments throughout his career and delivering a once-in-a-lifetime performance that more than serves as an appropriate retrospective for an artist who has already achieved so much.

Praise for Tour De Force – Live In London:

“A triumph.” – Premier Guitar

“Tour de Force lives up to its name and then some. Bonamassa turns in another masterful performance, as do the rest of the musicians featured.” – Blues Rock Review

“A+, Joe Bonamassa is the real deal and in many ways, both musically and professionally, he represents the future of the music business. No one plays with more passion than Joe and where many musicians look like a deer in the headlights at the current music business climate, he is building an empire.” – Classic Rock Revisited

TRACK LIST:

Disc One
1. Albion
2. Palm Trees, Helicopters And Gasoline
3. Seagull
4. Jelly Roll
5. Black Lung Heartache
6. Around The Bend
7. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
8. From The Valley
9. Athens To Athens
10. Slow Train
11. Last Kiss
12. Dustbowl

13. Midnight Blues

Disc Two
1. Who’s Been Talking
2. Happier Times
3. Driving Towards The Daylight
4. The Ballad Of John Henry
5. Django
6. Mountain Time
7. Sloe Gin

8. Just Got Paid