Blues-rock superstar Joe Bonamassa is one of the most celebrated performing musicians of today. As a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist who recently achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart, Redemption, Joe is only in his early 40s and he’s already become a living legend with an astounding multi-genre catalogue of music. Collectively, Bonamassa has over 30 albums to date with studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and the adventurous side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party. A prolific writer who is always on the hunt to expand his eclectic musical horizons, Bonamassa has a limitless work ethic whether it’s in studio, on the road, or working with other artists to spur new music. He’s been featured in several publications from Esquire and Parade to Rolling Stone and American Songwriter, as well as on the covers of Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Classic Rock Magazine.
The New York state native opened up for B.B. King when he was only 12 years old and has since played alongside such artists as Eric Clapton, Stephen Still, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Steve Winwood, and Buddy Guy among others. B.B. King might not have guessed it at the time, but that 12-year-old whiz kid would go on to become an industry powerhouse. Building on their 28-year partnership, Bonamassa and his manager, Roy Weisman, created their own record label, management, marketing, and concert promotion company called J&R Adventures over a decade ago. Together, the two mavericks devised a 360-degree independent business model that has survived and thrived during one of the music industry’s most uncertain eras.
Redemption, Bonamassa’s 13th solo studio album and newest release, sees him at his most ambitious yet as he continues to redefine and push the barriers of blues-rock. Crafted with longtime producer Kevin Shirley, it features a staggering collection of 12 songs that weave effortlessly through an assortment of genres and reflect the artistic re-birth that he is currently experiencing. “It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything,” he explains about Redemption’s theme. Bonamassa is at his ultimate creative peak with the album and his creative fire is unstoppable.
Earlier this year, Bonamassa became host of a new weekly show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville. The show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and has Bonamassa curating his favorite blues songs with an eclectic mix of everything from legendary classics to historical deep cuts and modern hits. He ventures from the 1920s early originators through 1980s blues renaissance, touching on the British Blues catalogue, music from genre titans Alexis Korner, Eric Clapton, Green Beck, Jimmy Page, and even new-age legends The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and tons more. The show airs 6pm ET every Monday on SiriusXM channel 74.
Bonamassa’s annual Music Festival cruise “Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea” has sold out the last 5 years since its inception and has become a favorite among his fans and music lovers alike. Joe also runs a non-profit organization called Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation whose mission is to promote and sustain music education and blues music by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need. To date, the non-profit has funded schools and teachers with over $400,000 and has positively impacted 55,000 students all-across the country. Due to its great success, this year a unique Mediterranean cruise has been added for August, setting sail through Barcelona, Monte Carlo, and Valletta, featuring performances from Peter Frampton and more.
Bonamassa is an enthusiastic live performer and his shows are one of the biggest parts of his career. In 2018, Pollstar has deemed him the 49th highest grossing ticket sales in the world. His tours have sold out iconic venues across the globe, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. He’s on the road about 200 days out of the year, and when he’s not on stage, he’s fully committed to crafting the most intricate, diversified new music to share with his audiences and fans.
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Two-Time GRAMMY-Nominated Blues Rock Guitarist JoeBonamassa Redefines Himself with New Album Redemption
13th Studio Album Available Today Being Hailed as Bonamassa’s Best as Critics Reveal Rave Reviews
Watch Video for “King Bee Shakedown”:
“Redemption [is] yet another example of why Bonamassa is commonly regarded as one of modern music’s foremost guitarists. The record finds the 41-yearold further honing the fiery, British-blues-rock-influenced style he’s been known for since he burst on the scene 30 years ago at the shockingly young age of 11.”
– Guitar Player
“Redemption is full of angles and takes that keep things interesting”
– Blues Rock Review (8.5/10)
“[Joe Bonamassa] sings and plays like it’s from the heart, and not the shades and suit.”
– Jazz Weekly
“As Bonamassa’s latest gift to his fans, the cool, smooth tendencies of Redemption blend all things old school and modern Blues mixed up with the alluring traits of Jazz, Soul, and R&B. As his fans already know, Joe Bonamassa is incapable of writing a bad song, and the proof is in his Redemption.”
– Cryptic Rock (5/5)
“[Joe] uses the familiar sounds to pivot to uncomfortable territory, both musical and lyrical, and this gives Redemption a kinetic tension that easily makes it Bonamassa’s most original album as well as his best.”
“It seems he’s found a creative well spring from which he will be drawing for years to come.”
– Rock And Blues Muse
“With Redemption, Joe’s 13th studio release, he and producer Kevin Shirley conspire to use every single crayon within the blue color box to deliver one of his best studio releases to date.”
– Sonic Perspectives (7.9/10)
“There is an amazing sense of confidence and inner strength about the album.”
– Music-News 5/5
“The 13th album from the guitar virtuoso has distinct shades of dark and light,
making for some of his most interesting work to date.”
– Mojo Magazine 3/5
– My Global Mind 10/10
“Exhilarating affirmation of his gifts.”
– Total Guitar 4/5
“There’s a new found vulnerability.”
– Uncut Magazine 7/10
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 21, 2018: Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa returns today with his brand-new studio album, Redemption, available now via his own Record Label J&R Adventures. Stream/purchase the album at https://ffm.to/joebonamassaredemption.
Redemption, Bonamassa’s 13th solo studio album and third in a row of all original material, sees him at his most ambitious yet as he continues to redefine and push the barriers of blues-rock. It features a staggering collection of 12 songs that weave effortlessly through an assortment of genres and reflect the artistic re-birth that he has experienced. “It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything,” he explains.
The album reunites Bonamassa with some of Nashville’s finest music minds such as Tom Hambridge, James House, Gary Nicholson as well as Richard Page and American rock and roll legend Dion DiMucci (The Wanderer, Run-around Sue) whom adds his song writing expertise to the Title Track.Joe also continues his long creative relationship with Kevin Shirley and together create an album bigger than ever before. “From a Producer’s perspective, this is far and away the most challenging and diverse album that Joe has ever made, ” says Shirley.
The album was recorded at various locations including, Blackbird Studios, Nashville TN, The Cave Australia, Sydney OZ, Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas NV, Criteria Hit Factory, Miami FL and Addiction Sound Studios, Nashville TN. It was once again recorded with a remarkable collection of musicians including; drummer Anton Fig (David Letterman Band), bassist Michael Rhodes, keyboardist Reese Wynans, horn players Lee Thornburg and Paulie Cerra, harmony vocalist Gary Pinto, background singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae, Juanita Tippins and Kevin Shirley introduced two additional guitar players, Kenny Greenberg and Doug Lancio.
The album opens with a tip of the hat to Led Zeppelin on “Evil Mama” that burrows into a deep groove before ripping into the rockabilly-tinged boogie blues of “King Bee Shakedown”. Next, Bonamassa dips into his Black Country Communion influence to tell a tragic tale with timeless hard rock riffs for “Molly-O” and “Deep In The Blues Again” changes the course yet again with a driving rhythm meant for the car stereo.
“Self-Inflicted Wounds” is most telling of Bonamassa’s progression as a true singer-songwriter, andJoe claims it as his best song writing yet. “Pick Up The Pieces” channels Tom Waits for a late night after hours while “The Ghost of Macon Jones” sees Joe trade vocals with Nashville country singer Jamey Johnson as they recount a cautionary tale of a rural renegade. ‘” Just Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should” channels Gary Moore for an upbeat taste of blues-rock euphoria before Bonamassa makes light of his trials and tribulations on “I’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters”.
Then Joe strips it down to only acoustic guitar and vocals on the heart-breaking tale of “Stronger Now In Broken Places”, which promises that things will be better over time and features Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie providing soundscapes and Kate Stone on the hand pan. After this intense musical journeyJoe wraps it all up with a traditional Blues Rock tune with “Love is A Gamble”.
There is a resounding theme of redemption and salvation on the album, but also very much a sense of strength and empowerment. “We all need to be redeemed at some point in our lives. It’s this yearning to redeem yourself after just this tremendous loss and this tremendous feeling of pain,” explains Bonamassa.
In a recent cover story feature for Guitar Player’s “Tone” issue, online now and on newsstands September 25, Joe tells writer Richard Bienstock that during this album he realized “You have to trust your internal tone compass. That’s what tells you how you want to be represented as a guitarist. You and you alone are the person who knows what that sound is.”
Bonamassa is at his ultimate creative peak with Redemption, which follows the recent release of his last live masterpiece, British Blues Explosion Live,that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and marked his 20th #1 album. Bonamassa’s fire is unstoppable both in the studio and live on the road.Joe is currently on tour in Europe and will return to North America in late October through March 2019 to share new tracks from Redemption as part of his astounding live set.
For more information and to purchase tickets, merchandise, or the new album Redemption, visitjbonamassa.com.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
10/26 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Pac
10/27 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Pac
10/29 – Quebec City, Canada – Grand Theatre
10/31 – Ottawa, Canada – Canadian Tire Centre
11/2 – Toronto, Canada – Sony Centre
11/3 – Toronto, Canada – Sony Centre
11/4 – London, Canada – Budweiser Gardens
11/6 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
11/7 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
11/9 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
11/10 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theater
11/12 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
11/13 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace
11/14 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
11/16 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/17 – Grand Prairie, TX – Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/20 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
11/21 – Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
11/23 – Long Beach, CA – Terrace Theatre
11/24 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
11/25 – Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theatre
11/27 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/29 – Vancouver, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
11/30 – Vancouver, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
12/1 – Vancouver, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
2/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts
2/16 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts
2/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts
2/19 – Ft. Myers, FL – Germain Arena
2/22 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center
2/23 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center
3/2 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Civic Center
3/4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Gaillard Center
3/5 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
3/7 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
3/8 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
3/11 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Kirby Center
3/12 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre
3/14 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
3/15 – Baltimore, MD – Modell Pac
3/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
3/18 – Durham, NC – Durham Pac
3/19 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theatre
3/21 – Hartford, CT – The Bushnell
3/22 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre
3/23 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre
Epiphone Presents Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit
Featuring ProBuckerTM humbuckers, a Bigsby™ B7 Vibrato, and Custom Hard Case
Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit, the sixth Signature model with GRAMMY® nominated blues legend and expect vintage collector Joe Bonamassa. Featuring the classic ES-355 semi-hollowbody archtop profile with an Ebony finish, gold hardware, ProBuckerTM humbuckers, Mallory Capacitors, a Bigsby™ B7 Vibrato and Vibramate® String Spoiler, Custom Hard Case, and Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity.
Epiphone will also release the exclusive Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Custom Inlay Outfit featuring a “Joe Bonamassa” signature in Pearloid, available exclusively on shop.jbonamassa.com and limited to only 300 guitars.
For nearly a decade, Epiphone and Joe Bonamassa have worked together to make stunning recreations of Joe’s favorite vintage guitars that anyone can afford. This time, the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is modeled after Joe’s personal ES-355 hollowbody archtop built by the Gibson Custom Shop for his Three Kings Tour honoring B.B. King, Freddie King, and Albert King.
“I have always loved the look and sound of black 355 guitars,” said Bonamassa. “Epiphone once again has masterfully re-created a guitar initially built for me by the Gibson Custom shop that I used on my Live at The Greek Theater DVD at a price point that is totally affordable for players and collectors of great ES guitars. Thank you once again it is an honor as always.”
The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit has a 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple top and body with a beautiful Ebony finish adorned with multi-layer white & black binding. The Mahogany neck has 24.75″ scale with a SlimTaper™-D profile with 22 medium jumbo frets along with an Ebony fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and Graphtech® Nubone™ nut. The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is powered by critically acclaimed ProBuckerTM humbuckers with gold covers and Alnico II magnets, the same pickups Joe chose for his Epiphone Ltd. Ed. “Amos” Korina Flying “V” Outfit. Controls for each pickup’s Volume and Tone come with Black “Top Hat” knobs with metal pointers and include world-class Mallory 150 Capacitors along with a Switchcraft® 3-Way Pickup Selector with an Amber Toggle Cap.
Watch our exclusive video feature with Joe and visit Epiphone.com for more info. The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit will be available in stores in late November 2018. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealer to order one today while supplies last!
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About Joe Bonamassa: As Joe Bonamassa enters his 30th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released over 30 albums in the last 17 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in schools. Most recently, his latest release Redemption landed Bonamassa his 21st #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist in history) and currently holds two Grammy Nominations and several Blues Music Awards. With his full touring schedule and new music releasing in 2019, there are no signs of Joe slowing down.
“Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa” to air weekly on B.B. King’s Bluesville channel and will include an eclectic mix of classic, modern and brand-new blues songs
SiriusXM announced today that world renowned two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues artist Joe Bonamassa will host a new weekly show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, on SiriusXM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville channel.
ANNOUNCES 2019 SUMMER TOUR IN AMERICA
TWO-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED BLUES ROCK GUITARIST TO PLAY TWO NIGHTS AT RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE AND OTHER ICONIC VENUES
SUMMER SEASON INCLUDES INAUGURAL KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE AT SEA MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE FEATURING PETER FRAMPTON
March 8, 2019 – Today, Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa announces tour dates for summer 2019 in support of his all-original studio album Redemption (J&R Adventures), which was released last September. New tour dates will go on sale Friday March 15th and will be available at www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates.The tour follows an astounding 30+ shows already this year and will be capped off with Joe’s inaugural Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise (for more information visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com).
Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and featuring soulful background singers to bring a whole new life to the show which will feature brand new songs alongside career-spanning favorites.
The newly announced dates are set to hit major venues across the East Coast and Midwest in North America. This leg of his tour kicks off on July 22 at Nashville’s trademark staple Ryman Auditorium and ends at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, for a one-of-a-kind celebration, both are venues that Bonamassa has previously sold out! The Red Rocks event will feature two, not just one, performances – a major milestone for the iconic guitar player. This includes two incredible nights of two very different set lists as he celebrates the five-year anniversary of his first-time at Red Rocks; an event that fans and critics alike will not want to miss! Furthermore, on July 30, Bonamassa will perform at the historic Bethel Woods Center, site of the original Woodstock Festival, where he will be a major headliner for their special 50th anniversary celebration. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public on March 15th via jbonamassa.com/tour-dates.
Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers worldwide. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. He’s on the road about 200 days out of the year, and when he’s not on stage, he’s fully committed to crafting the most intricate, diversified new music to share with his dedicated audiences and fans.
In 2018, Bonamassa achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart, with Redemption, his most ambitious, barrier-breaking studio album yet. With over 30 albums to his credit, including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, the guitar sensation somehow always finds ways to reinvent his artistry.
Earlier this year, Bonamassa also became the host of a new weekly show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville. The show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and has Bonamassa curating his favorite blues songs with an eclectic mix of everything from legendary classics to historical deep cuts and modern hits, airing 6pm ET every Monday on SiriusXM channel 74.
A prolific writer who is always on the hunt to expand his eclectic musical horizons and develop new ways to interact with fans, Bonamassa has a limitless work ethic whether it’s in studio, on the road, or working with other artists to spur new music. This year on the road, audiences see Bonamassa at his ultimate creative peak as an artist, and with these new tour additions his fire is unstoppable. With a vast, unparalleled catalogue of music under his belt, this tour promises to be Bonamassa’s best.
For tickets and more information, visit jbonamassa.com.
July 22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
July 24 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
July 26 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
July 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 28 – Westbrook, ME – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
July 30 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration)
August 1 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 2 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata Hotel & Casino
August 3 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata Hotel & Casino
August 6 – Dayton, OH – Fraze Pavilion
August 8 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
August 9 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theatre
August 11 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre