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Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation

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Joe Bonamassa is back with a new album. This new album, "Blues of Desperation" is his new studio album and features all-new material.
Bonamassa is an artist that has probably done more than any other musician in the last few years to raise the profile of the Blues and to bring it to a new audience, and has a heavy release schedule once you include live albums, covers or side projects and collaborations - indeed he never seems to take time off. Studio albums of new Bonamassa material though are slightly less frequent and are always eagerly awaited by his fans, and he has plenty of those - at a time when most blues artists play fairly small venues, Bonamassa is playing arenas.

As usual, the album is produced by his long-time producer, Kevin Shirley. That means you know the production is going to be top quality - it always his with him. Alongside Bonamassa is a talented team of musicians including two drummers. Alongside Anton Fig, who has worked with Bonamassa a lot, Kevin Shirley introduced Greg Morrow as a way to shake things up and push Bonamassa to work even harder. Other musicians include Michael Rhodes (Bass), Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Lee Thornburg, Paulie Cerra and Mark Douthit (horns) and backing singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae and Juanita Tippins.

The album kicks off with the excellent "This train". It's got a fast, driving pace which is what you tend to expect with a title like that, and it's a great way to kick off the album.

"The valley runs low" is a lovely soulful track and quite different to most of his material. It's a superb song and Bonamassa's vocals really sound great, as does his guitar playing.

The first single from the album is "Drive" - watch the video for it here...



While I did enjoy "Different shades of blue", this new album just blows it away - this latest album is in my view one of the best albums Bonamassa has released to date. He's really pushed his boundaries on this one and the result is a stunningly good album with not a single weak track, an album that all blues fans really need to listen to.

"Blues of Desperation" will be released on 25th March 2016


Track listing:

1. This train
2. Mountain climbing
3. Drive
4. No good place for the lonely
5. Blues of desperation
6. The valley runs low
7. You left me nothin' but the bill and the blues
8. Distant lonesome train
9. How deep this river runs
10. Livin' easy
11. What I've known for a very long time



JOE BONAMASSA – MARCH 2016 UK DATES

BIRMINGHAM BARCLAYCARD ARENA

SATURDAY 19th MARCH 2016

Ticket Prices: £45, £60, £75

Book Tickets Online: theticketfactory.com

Box Office: 0844 338 0338 / Doors: 7pm

King Edwards Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2AA

www.barclaycardarena.co.uk

BOURNEMOUTH BIC

SUNDAY 20th MARCH 2016

Ticket Prices: £35, £45, £65, £75

Book Tickets Online: bhlivetickets.com

Box Office: 0844 576 3000 / Doors: 7:30pm

Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5BH

www.bic.co.uk

PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

MONDAY 21st MARCH 2016

Ticket Prices: £35, £45, £60, £75

Book Tickets Online: plymouthpavilions.com

Box Office: 0845 146 1460 / Doors: 6:30pm

Millbay Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3LF

www.plymouthpavilions.com





Joe Bonamassa in Concert: A Salute to the British Blues Explosion (UK Tour)

24 Hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 844 0444

www.jbonamassa.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

HOGHTON TOWER

SATURDAY 2nd JULY 2016

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Number: 01254 852986

North Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0SH

www.hoghtontower.co.uk

GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM

SUNDAY 3rd JULY 2016

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Box Office: 0844 395 4000

Glasgow, G3 8YW

www.secc.co.uk

BRISTOL COLSTON HALL

TUESDAY 5th JULY 2016

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

24 Hour Venue Box Office: 0844 887 1500

Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

www.colstonhall.org

LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL

THURSDAY 7th JULY 2016

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk/book-tickets

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9NN

www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk

NEWARK CASTLE

FRIDAY 8th JULY 2016

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Number: 01636 655765

Newark Castle, Riverside Park, Tolney Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1BZ

www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle

Writer: Anthony May
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