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Top Blues-Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa

Billboard Blues Joe Bonamassa publicizes Glasgow date at sec armadillo on 22 April 2019. Planet rock 48-hour price tag pre-sale Wednesday 29 August 2018 via planetrocktickets.Co.Uk the brand new date has been delivered previously to joe’s 3 night time residency at the royal Albert corridor: 24 – 26 April 2019

Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa pronounces a return to Glasgow’s sec armadillo on Monday 22nd april 2019. His only scottish date, the live performance will kick off his april 2019 uk tour two days before he performs three consecutive nights at London’s iconic royal albert hall on Wednesday 24th april 2019, Thursday twenty-fifth april 2019 and Friday 26th april.
A forty eight-hour price ticket pre-sale for the glasgow concert begins at http://www.Planetrocktickets.Co.Uk from wednesday twenty ninth august. Tickets cross on widespread sale on Friday thirty first august from http://www.Jbonamassa.Com/excursion-dates and http://www.Ticketmaster.Co.Uk.
The glasgow sec armadillo live performance follows the news of joe’s upcoming studio album “redemption” – launched on friday 21st september thru provogue/mascot label organization in Europe and j&r adventures in north the united states.
The Glasgow sec armadillo and the royal albert hall suggests will characteristic joe acting along a hand-picked institution of world-magnificence musicians playing fabric from joe’s imminent studio album (released in September 2018), his 2016 milestone album “blues of desperation”, plus conventional Bonamassa fan favorites.

“the king of amps is back! It’s far one of the greatest amplifiers ever constructed, if now not the best amplifier ever constructed,” said joe bonamassa.

The brand new model recaptures the extremely good tone, energy and dynamic variety of the authentic. It excels throughout a huge type of genres, live and studio gigs – bringing the tweed ‘fifty-nine dual-amp to brand new gamers and collectors. This re-difficulty is the first time in 60 years that fender has released a “high-powered” tweed twin model on the grounds that its authentic inception.

“the 1959 ‘excessive powered tweed’ twin-amp is one of the most collectible guitar amplifiers of all time,” stated Shane Nicholas, director, product improvement, electronics at fender. “they sound extremely good for almost any form of track, are uncommon, and extraordinarily sought-after by using rock stars and collectors. We are proud to paintings with joe bonamassa at the ‘fifty nine dual-amp jb edition, as he is not best a tremendous guitarist, however a fanatic collector of fender guitars, memorabilia and amps – which include the tweed dual models he started appearing with several years in the past.”

Designed and hand-crafted to Best Guitarist in the World Bonamassa’s specs in corona, calif., the amp’s key functions encompass: a classic eighty-watt fender 5f8a circuit; hand-stressed out eyelet board and fender vintage-fashion “yellow” paper-foil-resin tone capacitors for unique tweed-generation tone and nuance; 3 premium 12ax7 preamp tubes; a quartet of 6l6 output tubes that are matched and rated for excessive output; an inner bias pot; a 5ar4 rectifier tube; brilliant and everyday channels with high- and occasional-benefit inputs; custom mercury magnetics™ transformers; as well as two 12″ celestion™ jb85 audio system – one of a kind to this amp – for excessive-powered rock guitar tone.

The amp is housed in a finger-joined solid pine cabinet for resonant tone and functions a gently distressed beauty remedy with a lacquered tweed masking, ’50s-fashion grille cloth and steel-bolstered leather-based strap deal with. Subtle, ’50s cosmetic touches, which include the serial number stamped with the original Fifties tooling and font from the technology, while the bundle.

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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.”

 

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.”

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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)

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

Blues Update

RECORDING “BLUES OF DESPERATION” IS ONE OF THE
MOST EXCITING RECORDING PROJECTS

Blues Concerts star Joe came to Nashville two weeks before we started the recording and set about writing an all original album. Then we gathered the musicians in the historic RCA studio A (lovingly saved from the wrecking ball by Aubrey Preston and Sharon Corbitt-House and now called Grand Victor Sound Studios), a big old fashion room where anyone who’s anyone has recorded! Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, John Hiatt and so many more.

I always wanted to track this record with a high energy three-piece band, so Joe would have to work a little harder, like in his early years, before keyboards and horn’s etc. filled in all the blanks. To be honest, I was trying to find a way to ruffle Joe’s feathers, so I then brought in an additional drummer, just to throw the cat and amongst the pigeons! We set up Anton Fig and Greg Morrow each behind his own drum kit facing each other, and then next to them had Michael Rhodes with his bass guitar cranked, staring across the gap at Joe with his guitars. So they were set up in an X formation, and could all see each other as they played. And boy, what a joyful noise we made!

Not that it’s all excessively heavy or hard, there are some very fragile, delicate moments on this record, where the two drummers complement each other wonderfully and add a great rhythm to the sensitivity of the songs.

After we had cut the songs, Reese Wynans added his wonderful keyboard parts, and then Mahalia Barnes and the Aussie girls did the backing vocals, and Lee Thornburg’s wonderful horn arrangements put the icing on the top. And that folks, is how we made this awesome record which you are now hopefully holding in your hands.

Enjoy!

-Kevin Shirley, Producer

Blues Update

Music fans have spoken: Joe Bonamassa’s Blues Concerts is the Best Worldwide Solo Artist!

The Planet Rock Awards, affectionately known as “The Rocks,” are voted on by average music fans in a variety of rock music categories. In this year’s Rocks, 110,000 unique music fans voted on categories including Best International Band, Best British Album, and the coveted Best Worldwide Solo Artist award. This year, the latter award went to Joe.

Planet Rock, Britain’s largest rock radio station, set out to address the glaring omission of rock music categories from most mainstream music awards. And by allowing the fans themselves to vote, it gives true insight into which rockers the fans love the most.

Previous recipients of the Best Worldwide Solo Artist award include icons Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame and the late, great David Bowie. For Joe to be put in the same category as those legends by music fans is an amazing and humbling honor.

Meanwhile, Joe is working hard to continue making excellent music for his fans. The two-time GRAMMY nominated blues rock guitarist is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour which will be followed by more tours in Europe and North America. His recent live album, Live at the Greek Theatre, was his record smashing 17th #1 Billboard Blues Album and has been a major hit with the fans. With his motto, “Always on the Road,” Joe has recently made tour stops everywhere from the Greek to Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Sydney Opera House.

Planet Rock’s “Best Worldwide Solo Artist” has a lot up his sleeve that is sure to delight the fans at his shows this year.

Make sure to catch Joe Bonamassa with Gold Epiphone Firebird on tour near you!