Joe Bonamassa is as busy as ever. In the same week as announcing three shows at Royal Albert Hall in April 2019, he’s released the latest video from his forthcoming studio LP.
Redemption, which has been preceded by clips for the title track and now King Bee Shakedown, comes just months after the blues guitarist released the album British Blues Explosion Live.
The title and content of Bonamassa’s 13th studio release reflects the current state of the two-time Grammy nominee’s life.
“I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through,” he says. “It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful, but knowing that there’s a rising coming.”
Bonamassa’s long-time collaborator, Kevin Shirley, agrees: “From my producer’s perspective, this is far and away the most challenging and diverse album that Joe has ever made.“
The LP due on 21 September, was recorded in Nashville, Sydney, Las Vegas, and Miami, with a lineup of musicians including bassist Michael Rhodes, drummer Anton Fig, keyboard player Reese Wynans, vocalists Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto, and horn players Lee Thornburg and Paulie Cerra.
The addition of two guitar players, Kenny Greenberg and Doug Lancio, pushed Bonamassa further as a musician, matching his growth as a songwriter.
“I really feel the new material is deeper, lyrically and musically. We try to get a little deeper every time we come out and I think the song Self-Inflicted Wounds is one of the best songs I’ve written since I started doing solo records,” he says.
“I’m really excited for people to hear it and it’s not the same thing that I’ve done. Its different, good different, not just different for the sake of being different.”
Joe Bonamassa UK tour dates
11th October 2018: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
12th October 2018: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
13th October 2018: Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
24th-26th April 2019: Royal Albert Hall, London