Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
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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, visit jbonamassa.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