Blue-rock marvel Joe Bonamassa has announced details of his brand new album ‘Redemption’.
Released on Friday 21st September 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, ‘Redemption’ is the prolific musician’s 13th solo studio record. You can pre-order it right here.
Boasting 12 all-new songs, the album reflects the re-birth Joe is currently going through, as he explains: “I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through. It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful but knowing that there’s a rising coming.”
As a tantalising taster of what to expect, check out the official video for the powerful album title track right here:
The record sees Joe join forces with some of Nashville’s finest music minds such as Tom Hambridge, James House, Gary Nicholson as well as Richard Page, Dion Dimucci and continues his long creative relationship with producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley.
“From a Producer’s perspective, this is far and away the most challenging and diverse album that Joe has ever made,” says Kevin Shirley.
The album was recorded at a plethora of 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.
Joe also enlisted an array of talented musicians to perform on the record - drummer Anton Fig, 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 extra guitar players, Kenny Greenberg and Doug Lancio.
Kevin Shirley says: “We’re always trying to do different things with Joe. I’m always trying to push him and push him in different directions and I think it’s one of the things that makes it exciting, that he’s always pushing boundaries.
“On the last record I took the keyboard player out of the equation and I brought two drummers, because I wanted Joe to play hard. This time around it was a little different, I still wanted him to play hard, but I needed him to be a reactive player, so that was one of the reasons for introducing the other guitar players and it was sensational.”
Explaining the meaning behind the album title, Joe said: “It’s this yearning to redeem yourself after just this tremendous loss and this tremendous feeling of pain.
“I really feel the new material is deeper, lyrically and musically! We try to get a little deeper every time we come out.”
He continues: “I think this record could have some of the best writing I’ve ever done along with James House, he’s a national treasure that guy, Tom Hambridge, the same thing, Gary Nicholson, Gordon Kennedy and Danny Flowers.
“I’m really excited for people to hear it and it's not the same thing that I’ve done. It’s different, good different, not just different for the sake of being different.”
Lavishing the music with praise, Kevin Shirley adds: “It is a brand-new look at the Blues, in what is clearly Joe’s deepest and darkest most personal album yet, which is a masterpiece of desperation - melodic and cinematic in this presentation.”
The ‘Redemption’ track-listing is as follows:
1 Evil Mama
2 King Bee Shakedown
3 Molly O'
4 Deep In The Blues Again
5 Self-Inflicted Wounds
6 Pick Up The Pieces
7 The Ghost Of Macon Jones
8 Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should
10 I've Got Some Mind Over What Matters
11 Stronger Now In Broken Places
12 Love Is A Gamble
Joe will support the release of ‘Redemption’ with a European tour throughout the autumn that includes sizable UK shows in Plymouth, Nottingham and Bournemouth in October. Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
See Joe Bonamassa at the following shows:
Plymouth Pavilions – Thu 11th
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Fri 12th
Bournemouth BIC – Sat 13th