The wait is over, Joe Bonamassa’s new solo studio album ‘Royal Tea‘, inspired by his British guitar heroes JeffBeck, JohnMayall &TheBluesbreakers, Eric Clapton and Cream, was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and will be released on October 23rd via Provogue/J&R Adventures. Bonamassa also surprised his fans this past Friday with his latest single,’Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye‘.
Bonamassa is known for taking risks and venturing into uncharted territory throughout his wide-ranging career but now he has found a new way to surprise his fans and music lovers. ‘Royal Tea‘ brings Bonamassa full-circle.
“This whole adventure,”admits Joe, “was a bucket-list thing for me.” This album reconnects the 43-year-old with the guitar-slinging kid from upstate New York,who stumbled across the best of British blues music in his dad’s vinyl collection – whose influences have shaped him to be the player he is today. “I would have been about twelve years old, and it was the sound I heard in my head. Like,‘OK, I’m in.That’s what I want to be’.”
These ten original tracks were co-written by Joe and a cast of homegrown notables including former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, ex-Cream lyricist Pete Brown and national-treasure pianoman JoolsHolland.
“Writing this record in London has done it’s job,” reflects Bonamassa.“ It really does sound inherently British. Bernie and I, we finish each other’s sentences.We’re cut from the same cloth.” Bonamassa’s long-standing producer Kevin Shirley and regular touring band flew in for the recording sessions,which included Anton Fig (drums),Michael Rhodes (bass) and Reese Wynans (keys).
Alongside the announcement of the ‘Royal Tea‘ album, Bonamassa revealed today that he will perform a special Livestream Concert from the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 20th. This concert will feature songs from his new album before the official release. Joe has never performed a full,unreleased album foraudiences like this before, giving fans from around the world the opportunity to come together for an unforgettable night of blues-rock music.Along with ‘Royal Tea‘ he’ll perform classic remixes from his 20th anniversary album ‘A New Day Now‘.The evening will continue with a one hour “AfterParty” featuring several live performances from an array of some of the hottest rising stars in blues-rock music.
The livestream tickets and packages for “Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert Worldwide” presented by KeepingThe BluesAlive are available for purchase HERE
There are a variety of pricing levels available for fans worldwide to be a part of this special “audience.” Access to the livestream event starts at $20. Fans may also purchase a $35 ALL-ACCESSPASS which includes access to thelivestream event on September20th, the ‘Royal Tea‘ digital album available on October 23rd,and a1-year all access pass for Bonamassa’s on-demand service which includes 17+ concert releases from Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, and Rock Candy Funk Party–available at anytime on most devices.
As part of this unique concert event, fans also have the option to purchase a Commemorative VIP ticket giving them an experience they will never forget.V IP ticket holders will have their photo printed out and placed in a seat at the legendary Ryman Auditorium as part of Joe’s audience for that special night. VIPs will also get a picture of Joe with his“audience” which will be sent to them via email to keep.The VIP ticket holder’s name will also be
included in the credits at the end of the livestream event, as well as being included in the credits of the upcoming DVD for this performance!
This one-of-a-kind concert is presented by Bonamassa’s non-profit, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (KTBA).
Each ticket purchase will include a $1 donation to Joe’s Fueling Musicians Program, which to date has raised over $295,000 and has supported more than 163 musicians in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While much of the applause Bonamassa receives should be credited to his sheer talent ,some part of his success needs to be attributed to Joe and his business partner for having the foresight and ability to become some of music’s savviest entrepreneurs. Bonamassa now 43,and his partner RoyWeisman have togetherdevised a 360-degree independent business model that has survived and thrived during one of the music industry’s most uncertain eras, particularly considering the challenges created by the current pandemic.
1. When One Door Opens
2. Royal Tea
3 .Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye
4. Lookout Man
5. High Class Girl
6. A Conversation With Alice
7. I Didn’t ThinkShe Would Do it
8. Beyond The Silence
9. Lonely Boy