Blues guitarist virtuoso Joe Bonamassa had his 20th #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart with the release of his recent live album British Blues Explosion Live and released his 13th studio album Redemption in September 2018.
The New York state native opened up for BB King when he was only 12 years old and has played alongside such artists as Eric Clapton, Stephen Still, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy among others. In addition to his music career, he runs a nonprofit organization called Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation whose mission it is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need.
BLACK COFFEE DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD BLUES CHART
GRAMMY NOMINATED DUO BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA SCORE SECOND #1 ALBUM TOGETHER
Beth Hart [and] Joe Bonamassa deliver fiery, deep covers.” – Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press
“The fourth go-round of this feisty association shows that it’s getting better and tougher, whetting our appetite for the next iteration.” – Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter
“Black Coffee may be their best collaboration yet.” – Caitlin Wills, MXDWN
“It should come as no surprise that the chemistry on this album is effortless and a joy to behold.” – Phil Stiles, Sonic Abuse
“Black Coffee is all about hard-hitting, rocking soul music… its earthy, electrified reinventions breathe new life into old numbers while giving the guitarist and the singer plenty of room to show off, all within icy-tight arrangements.” – Jon Sobel, Blog Critics
“There is something special and worth listening to on every single track. Even if they weren’t masters of their particular crafts in the way that they are, the album would be a hit from sheer collaboration and communication alone. Review: 9/10” – Alexandra Veltri, Blues Rock Review
February 6, 2018 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Grammy-nominated powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa, released their new collaborative album Black Coffee on Friday January 26th, and the album has debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Blues Albums Chart. This is the duos second #1 together, with their previous album Seesaw, which was also nominated for a Grammy, topping the charts in 2013. This is Joe Bonamassa’s record-breaking 19th #1 Billboard Blues Album. Black Coffee successfully debuted on other notable Billboard charts such as #2 on Independent, #15 on Top Album Sales and #63 on Top 200. The album has also garnered worldwide charting success with the #1 album in Holland, #4 in Germany, and #7 in the UK.
Black Coffee is a collective interpretation of 10 soul gems that perfectly combine Hart’s breath-taking vocals along with Joe’s masterfully expressive guitar playing that make Black Coffee a fresh and captivating listen. The album is available now on their website www.HartAndBonamassa.com and available among many online retailers here.
The official music video for the title track “Black Coffee” can be viewed here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy_9NaR9P6Y
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 five days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas 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).
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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