Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing – Joe Bonamassa, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France.

Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II is making waves with a new lineup addition. We are so excited to announce that Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull will join us in the Mediterranean! Don’t miss your chance to catch them as well as an incredible lineup as we sail through Europe!

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, Meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, numerous artist collaborations and an exclusive Artist Super Session set led by Jimmy Vivino. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, King King, Jimmy Vivino, The James Hunter Six, The Suffers, Selwyn Birchwood, The Cold Stares, Daddy Long Legs, Elles Bailey, Ben Levin, and Lakota John  have already been confirmed and more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

Less than 10% of staterooms are remaining and fans are encouraged to reserve now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

ABOUT JOE BONAMASSA:

As Joe Bonamassa enters his 30th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Thirty Year later, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released over 30 albums, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in schools. Most recently, Bonamassa received his 2nd GRAMMY® nomination, Guitar World Magazine Best Blues Guitar Player Award in 2019 and his 22nd #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist) with his latest live album Live At The Sydney Opera House. There are no signs of Joe slowing down, with tours already booked through 2020 and plans to record in the studio next year. jbonamassa.com

ABOUT KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE FOUNDATION:

Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within music education. Through generous donations from Joe Bonamassa, J&R Adventures, individual donors, and KTBA cruises, the foundation has been able to fund music projects reaching over 64,500 students with over $600,000 donated so far. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in education and scholarships all over the country. keepingthebluesalive.org

 ABOUT SIXTHMAN:

Since 2001, Sixthman has set the stage for moments that make life rock, serving more than 250,000 guests’ unforgettable vacations at sea with their favorite bands and brands. These curated and intimate events bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive experience that celebrate community and aim to change expectations of what a vacation could be. Sixthman’s domestic home ports include New Orleans, Miami, and Tampa, travelling to dream destinations in the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and The Bahamas. Beginning in 2019, Sixthman expanded their festivals at sea to Europe, sailing from Barcelona, Spain to exotic Mediterranean ports, and bring their innovative festivals to breathtaking all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud.  LIVE LOUD.

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Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ is the brand new live album from “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World) Joe Bonamassa. The album features recordings from his 2016 performance at one of the world’s most legendary venues. This includes previously unreleased versions of tracks from his coveted No. 1 album ‘Blues Of Desperation‘. Ahead of its release this Friday, 25th October, he has revealed ‘The River Runs Low‘, from the performance.

As a UNESCO Heritage Monument The Sydney Opera House sits alongside the Great Pyramids Of Egypt, the Great Wall Of China and the Taj Mahal. For those that have the honour to play a venue as sacred as the Opera House, they bring their absolute best to the stage. Bonamassa is no exception to the rule, always rising to the challenge and bringing his A-game, so the praised musician brought with him a band composed of some of today’s best musicians and singers to support him in delivering a masterful concert to be cherished for years to come. This stellar band includes Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (percussion), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass guitar), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (keyboards), Paulie Cerra (sax), and Lee Thornburg (trumpet), with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto on backing vocals.

Now everyone can relive that evening’s celebration with this special release of ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, compiled for a premium listening experience available digitally, CD with beautiful packaging that includes a collector’s booklet, and vinyl 180 Gram Double LP which features the exclusive bonus track ‘Livin’ Easy,’ via Provogue on October 25th.

Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic live shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers everywhere. ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ perfectly captures the incredible talents a man who’s toured nearly every city, country, and major venue over the world, perhaps even twice over. Currently, he has just completed his second sold out ‘Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea’ cruise this year,  and is now in preparation to hit stages in Australia and New Zealand in September, with an upcoming third installment of US dates for 2019 this fall. With ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, fans can enjoy Bonamassa’s live talents any time they want, at home or on the way to an upcoming show.

Live At The Sydney Opera House is also Bonamassa’s newest live album, following the 2018 release of ‘British Blues Explosion Live‘, which marked his milestone 20th #1 album, and preceded his latest studio album ‘Redemption‘ that took the blues world by storm later that year, bringing him his 21st #1 album on the blues charts.

In addition to ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, Bonamassa has mentioned a studio album on the horizon. He’s currently in the process of writing new songs, with plans to hit the studio this winter, and as fans can see from his Instagram and extensive ever-growing list of international tour dates, the diehard musician is rarely without a guitar in hand, curating new melodies, solos, and endlessly developing his craft, never ceasing to amaze his listeners.

Tracklisting:

1. This Train (Live)
2. Mountain Climbing (Live)
3. Drive (Live)
4. Love Ain’t A Love Song (Live)
5. How Deep This River Runs (Live)
6. Mainline Florida (Live)
7. The Valley Runs Low (Live)
8. Blues Of Desperation (Live)
9. No Place For The Lonely (Live)
10. Livin’ Easy (Live) [Bonus Track]

Line up:

Joe Bonamassa – Guitar and Vocals
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Anton Fig – Percussion
Michael Rhodes – Bass Guitar
Lee Thornburg – Trumpet
Paulie Cerra – Saxophone
Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, Gary Pinto – Vocals

Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing – Joe Bonamassa, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France.

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, Meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, numerous artist collaborations and an exclusive Artist Super Session set led by Jimmy Vivino. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, King King, Jimmy Vivino, The James Hunter Six, The Suffers, Selwyn Birchwood, The Cold Stares, Daddy Long Legs, Elles Bailey, Ben Levin, and Lakota John  have already been confirmed and more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

Only 15% of staterooms are remaining and fans are encouraged to reserve now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

ABOUT JOE BONAMASSA:

As Joe Bonamassa enters his 30th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 28 solo albums in the last 19 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in schools. Most recently, Bonamassa received his 2nd GRAMMY® nomination, 21 #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist) and is set to release his new live album Live At The Sydney Opera House in October. There are no signs of Joe slowing down, with tours already booked through 2020 and plans already set to hit the studio next year. jbonamassa.com

ABOUT KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE FOUNDATION:

Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within music education. Through generous donations from Joe Bonamassa, J&R Adventures, individual donors, and KTBA cruises, the foundation has been able to fund music projects reaching over 64,500 students with over $600,000 donated so far. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in education and scholarships all over the country. keepingthebluesalive.org

ABOUT SIXTHMAN:

Since 2001, Sixthman has set the stage for moments that make life rock, serving more than 250,000 guests’ unforgettable vacations at sea with their favorite bands and brands. These curated and intimate events bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive experience that celebrate community and aim to change expectations of what a vacation could be. Sixthman’s domestic home ports include New Orleans, Miami, and Tampa, travelling to dream destinations in the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and The Bahamas. Beginning in 2019, Sixthman expanded their festivals at sea to Europe, sailing from Barcelona, Spain to exotic Mediterranean ports, and bring their innovative festivals to breathtaking all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud.  LIVE LOUD.

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Samantha Fish has been added to Joe Bonamassa’s 2nd annual Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea Mediterranean II Cruise from August 14-19, 2020.

Samantha joins Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic and The James Hunter Six. Many more artists will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

The cruise will set off on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes France. Sign up for the pre-sale at https://www.sixthman.net/account/presale/bluesaliveatseaeurope

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, and one-of-a-kind collaborative sets from blues legends. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, gusts will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities.

Attendees can spend day walking the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera, and explore the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions.

For the best selection of staterooms, fans are encouraged to pre-register for the sailing now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com as this sailing is expected to sell out. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

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Fans and critics alike have been asking the big question of two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues king Joe Bonamassa – “Will there be a new album in 2019?”

Today, that question is answered with the announcement of ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ , a brand new live album from “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World) featuring recordings from his 2016 performance at one of the world’s most legendary venues. This includes previously unreleased versions of tracks from his coveted No. 1 album ‘Blues Of Desperation‘.

As a UNESCO Heritage Monument The Sydney Opera House sits alongside the Great Pyramids Of Egypt, the Great Wall Of China and the Taj Mahal. For those that have the honor to play a venue as sacred as the Opera House, they bring their absolute best to the stage. Bonamassa is no exception to the rule, always rising to the challenge and bringing his A-game, so the praised musician brought with him a band composed of some of today’s best musicians and singers to support him in delivering a masterful concert to be cherished for years to come. This stellar band includes Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (percussion), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass guitar), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (keyboards), Paulie Cerra (sax), and Lee Thornburg (trumpet), with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto on backing vocals.

Now everyone can relive that evening’s celebration with this special release of ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, compiled for a premium listening experience available digitally, CD with beautiful packaging that includes a collector’s booklet, and vinyl 180 Gram Double LP which features the exclusive bonus track ‘Livin’ Easy,’ via Provogue on October 25th.

Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic live shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers everywhere. ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ perfectly captures the incredible talents a man who’s toured nearly every city, country, and major venue over the world, perhaps even twice over. Currently, he has just completed his second sold out ‘Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea’ cruise this year,  and is now in preparation to hit stages in Australia and New Zealand in September, with an upcoming third installment of US dates for 2019 this fall. With ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, fans can enjoy Bonamassa’s live talents any time they want, at home or on the way to an upcoming show.

Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ is also Bonamassa’s newest live album, following the 2018 release of ‘British Blues Explosion Live‘, which marked his milestone 20th #1 album, and preceded his latest studio album ‘Redemption‘ that took the blues world by storm later that year, bringing him his 21st #1 album on the blues charts.

In addition to ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, Bonamassa has mentioned a studio album on the horizon. He’s currently in the process of writing new songs, with plans to hit the studio this winter, and as fans can see from his Instagram and extensive ever-growing list of international tour dates, the diehard musician is rarely without a guitar in hand, curating new melodies, solos, and endlessly developing his craft, never ceasing to amaze his listeners.

Line up:
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar and Vocals
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Anton Fig – Percussion
Michael Rhodes – Bass Guitar
Lee Thornburg – Trumpet
Paulie Cerra – Saxophone
Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, Gary Pinto – Vocals

Track listing:

  1. This Train (Live)
  2. Mountain Climbing (Live)
  3. Drive (Live)
  4. Love Ain’t A Love Song (Live)
  5. How Deep This River Runs (Live)
  6. Mainline Florida (Live)
  7. The Valley Runs Low (Live)
  8. Blues Of Desperation (Live)
  9. No Place For The Lonely (Live)
  10. Livin’ Easy (Live) [Bonus Track]

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Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing – Joe BonamassaKeeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France. Sign up for the pre-sale at https://www.sixthman.net/account/presale/bluesaliveatseaeurope

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, and one-of-a-kind collaborative sets from blues legends. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, The James Hunter Six have already been confirmed and many more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

For the best selection of staterooms, fans are encouraged to pre-register for the sailing now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com as this sailing is expected to sell out. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

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Fans and critics alike have been asking the big question of two-time Grammy-nominated blues king Joe Bonamassa – “Will there be a new album in 2019?”

Today, that question is answered with the announcement of ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, a brand new live album from “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World) featuring recordings from his 2016 performance at one of the world’s most legendary venues. This includes previously unreleased versions of tracks from his coveted No. 1 album ‘Blues Of Desperation‘.

As a UNESCO Heritage Monument The Sydney Opera House sits alongside the Great Pyramids Of Egypt, the Great Wall Of China and the Taj Mahal. For those that have the honor to play a venue as sacred as the Opera House, they bring their absolute best to the stage. Bonamassa is no exception to the rule, always rising to the challenge and bringing his A-game, so the praised musician brought with him a band composed of some of today’s best musicians and singers to support him in delivering a masterful concert to be cherished for years to come. This stellar band includes Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (percussion), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass guitar), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (keyboards), Paulie Cerra (sax), and Lee Thornburg (trumpet), with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto on backing vocals.

Now everyone can relive that evening’s celebration with this special release of ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House’, compiled for a premium listening experience available digitally, CD with beautiful packaging that includes a collector’s booklet, and vinyl 180 Gram Double LP which features the exclusive bonus track ‘Livin’ Easy,’ via Provogue on October 25th.

Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic live shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers everywhere. ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ perfectly captures the incredible talents a man who’s toured nearly every city, country, and major venue over the world, perhaps even twice over. Currently, he has just completed his second sold out ‘Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea’ cruise this year,  and is now in preparation to hit stages in Australia and New Zealand in September, with an upcoming third installment of US dates for 2019 this fall. With ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, fans can enjoy Bonamassa’s live talents any time they want, at home or on the way to an upcoming show.

Live At The Sydney Opera House‘ is also Bonamassa’s newest live album, following the 2018 release of ‘British Blues Explosion Live‘, which marked his milestone 20th #1 album, and preceded his latest studio album ‘Redemption‘ that took the blues world by storm later that year, bringing him his 21st #1 album on the blues charts.

In addition to ‘Live At The Sydney Opera House‘, Bonamassa has mentioned a studio album on the horizon. He’s currently in the process of writing new songs, with plans to hit the studio this winter, and as fans can see from his Instagram and extensive ever-growing list of international tour dates, the diehard musician is rarely without a guitar in hand, curating new melodies, solos, and endlessly developing his craft, never ceasing to amaze his listeners.

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Line up:
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar and Vocals
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Anton Fig – Percussion
Michael Rhodes – Bass Guitar
Lee Thornburg – Trumpet
Paulie Cerra – Saxophone
Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, Gary Pinto – Vocals

Track listing:

  1. This Train (Live)
  2. Mountain Climbing (Live)
  3. Drive (Live)
  4. Love Ain’t A Love Song (Live)
  5. How Deep This River Runs (Live)
  6. Mainline Florida (Live)
  7. The Valley Runs Low (Live)
  8. Blues Of Desperation (Live)
  9. No Place For The Lonely (Live)
  10. Livin’ Easy (Live) [Bonus Track]

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and world-renowned Nashville-based keyboardist Reese Wynans will be releasing his first-ever solo album ‘Sweet Release‘, a collection of songs honouring a paramount selection of blues-rock legends, on March 1st via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The long anticipated album comes following a career that’s spanned over 50 years and literally hundreds of historical collaborations. ‘Sweet Release‘ also serves as Joe Bonamassa’s inaugural credit as a producer. Bonamassa has long been a fan of Wynans’ work, urging him to create a solo album and championing the project as producer.

The fact is Reese Wynans is everywhere. For a full half-century, Wynans has been the engine-room behind America’s greatest roots music. With ‘Sweet Release’, this modest legend has delivered the long-awaited solo album that puts his own name top of the bill and places his world-class talent in the spotlight. “I’ve never had an album out with my name on it before,” he considers, “so I’m very excited. I’d like this record to make people feel happy and celebrate the music. Because that’s what we were doing…”

To celebrate the announcement, the first single ‘Crossfire‘, a tribute to the legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Wynans’ work with Double Trouble, is available today as a free song download on Reese and Joe’s websites (reesewynans.com and jbonamassa.com respectively) and it features the iconic Sam Moore of Sam & Dave on vocals. “Playing music with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble for five years was an outrageous experience. I loved every minute of it,” shares Wynans. “It was a real treat getting to play a couple of our old songs with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. When we were writing this, someone said it reminded them of a Sam & Dave groove. Joe suggested we ask Sam Moore to sing it.

Now, ‘Sweet Release‘ feels like a musician coming home. Wynans was already a familiar face at Ocean Way: the Nashville studio where he’d previously added fairy-dust to endless tracks for other artists. And when sessions began for his own solo album, it was a joy to reconnect with the Double Trouble rhythm section of Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) – plus modern guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Meanwhile, Bonamassa lent his own famed guitar skills to SRV moments like ‘Riviera Paradise‘.

Throughout his celebrated career, the one omission on Wynans’ résumé was that this fabled keys man had never released a solo record – until now. ‘Sweet Release‘ is a glorious collision of stellar musicianship, classic material given fresh mojo, and a glittering roll-call of star guests that confirms the deep respect Wynans commands on the scene.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and world-renowned Nashville-based keyboardist Reese Wynans announces his first-ever solo album ‘Sweet Release‘, a collection of songs honoring a paramount selection of blues-rock legends. The long anticipated album comes following a career that’s spanned over 50 years and literally hundreds of historical collaborations. ‘Sweet Release‘ also serves as Joe Bonamassa’s inaugural credit as a producer. Bonamassa has long been a fan of Wynans’ work, urging him to create a solo album and championing the project as producer. Today, the album is available for pre-order on and available on all major music services and will be in stores on March 1st.

The fact is Reese Wynans is everywhere. For a full half-century, Wynans has been the engine-room behind America’s greatest roots music. With ‘Sweet Release‘, this modest legend has delivered the long-awaited solo album that puts his own name top of the bill and places his world-class talent in the spotlight. “I’ve never had an album out with my name on it before,” he considers, “so I’m very excited. I’d like this record to make people feel happy and celebrate the music. Because that’s what we were doing…

Reese inspires me every day,” Bonamassa professes. “He encouraged me and was the heart and soul of the entire session. All the guest artists performed brilliantly and totally brought their best stuff from the very down beat. It was not lost on Reese nor me how blessed we were to work with such talent. All I know is what I know … I love the man… He is as gracious and a gentleman as he is talented and an icon.

Scan the history books and he’s there on every page:  a vital strand of rock ‘n’ roll DNA, present at a thousand cultural flashpoints. Over the last five decades, you might have found him cutting his teeth with the early nucleus of the Allman Brothers Band or taking the stage with Boz Scaggs. Maybe you remember him bringing on the rise of Outlaw Country in Austin with Jerry Jeff Walker or saving the ’80s blues scene with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble or most recently bringing his blues to the people with Joe Bonamassa. Adding his thumbprint on piano and B3, Reese has worked with the likes of Larry Carlton, Delbert McClinton, Los Lonely Boys, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Buddy Guy – and many more. Not to mention, his roughly 500 live shows with Willie Nelson, unforgettable performance with Captain Beyond for the ‘Sufficiently Breathless‘ record, and three albums with Carole King.

These songs are windows back into different eras and different times of my career,” explains Wynans. “It’s a collection of the songs I’ve played with musicians in the past, and it shines a light on blues artists that I think need a little bit more recognition.

In the late-’60s, Wynans was playing alongside future blues-rock royalty in Florida up-and-comers, the Second Coming. “Dickey Betts was one of our guitar players and our bass player was Berry Oakley,” he says. “Duane Allman was in Muscle Shoals at the time and would come down on a weekend and sit in with us. For Sweet Release, we covered the old Les Dudek song, “Take The Time”, which reminds me of being back in Jacksonville during the dawn of that Southern rock era.

Other songs salute the ’70s, when the keys man could be found flanking Boz Scaggs as the rising songwriter established his reputation on the West Coast. For Wynans, ‘Sweet Release‘ of Scaggs’ acclaimed catalogue shone brightest, and decades later, it gives ‘Sweet Release‘ its title track.

Of course, the ‘Sweet Release‘ tracklisting wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the great Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1985, Wynans’ world changed forever when the iconic Texas bluesman drafted him into the Double Trouble band for the era-defining ‘Soul To Soul‘ and ‘In Step‘ albums. “It was unbelievable to play on a stage with those guys,” he remembers. “I have to tell you that I hardly ever heard Stevie play a bad note. He was on his game every single night. The Stevie songs on Sweet Release – “Crossfire”, “Say What!”, “Riviera Paradise” and “Hard To Be” – are our tribute to him.

In 1990, SRV’s tragic death robbed the blues world of an all-time great and Wynans of a cherished friend. But the keys man bravely brushed himself off and walked on, soon becoming one of Nashville’s most in-demand players with credits for headline acts including Lee Roy Parnell, Brooks & Dunn and Hank Williams Jr.

In 2015, the seed of a solo album was planted when post-millennial blues master Joe Bonamassa called up with a tantalizing offer. “He wanted to do a series of shows at Red Rocks where we would feature the music of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters,” says Wynans. “And y’know, that’s right up my alley. So things went on from there.

Now, ‘Sweet Release‘ feels like a musician coming home. Wynans was already a familiar face at Ocean Way: the Nashville studio where he’d previously added fairy-dust to endless tracks for other artists. And when sessions began for his own solo album, it was a joy to reconnect with the Double Trouble rhythm section of Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) – plus modern guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Meanwhile, Bonamassa lent his own famed guitar skills to SRV moments like “Riviera Paradise”.

To celebrate the announcement, the first single ‘Crossfire‘, a tribute to the legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Wynans’ work with Double Trouble, is available today as a free song download on Reese and Joe’s websites (reesewynans.com and jbonamassa.com respectively) and it features the iconic Sam Moore of Sam & Dave on vocals. “Playing music with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble for five years was an outrageous experience. I loved every minute of it,” shares Wynans. “It was a real treat getting to play a couple of our old songs with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. When we were writing this, someone said it reminded them of a Sam & Dave groove. Joe suggested we ask Sam Moore to sing it.

Throughout his celebrated career, the one omission on Wynans’ résumé was that this fabled keys man had never released a solo record – until now. ‘Sweet Release‘ is a glorious collision of stellar musicianship, classic material given fresh mojo, and a glittering roll-call of star guests that confirms the deep respect Wynans commands on the scene.

 

Following four successful Caribbean voyages—and a fifth sold out for early 2019—Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa, and Sixthman, in partnership with AEG Presents, are proud to present Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean, sailing August 16-21, 2019, from Barcelona, Spain to the idyllic ports of call of Monte Carlo, Monaco and Valletta, Malta. Interested Fans are encouraged to pre-register now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com for the best selection of staterooms during pre-sale.

As with the previous United States-based sailings, the Mediterranean voyage will feature non-stop music across multiple stages as guests immerse themselves in five days filled with extraordinary music and one of-a-kind collaborative sets from many of our talented artists. Joining Joe Bonamassa on the 2019 festival are a robust mix of Blues-Rock powerhouses and amazing emerging talents including Peter Frampton, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Larkin Poe, Eric Bibb, Bernie Marsden, Curtis Harding, Philip Sayce, King King, Ryan McGarvey, Toronzo Cannon, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Little Billie and more to be announced soon!

In addition to a plethora of incredible live performances, guests will enjoy a variety of music-centric activities, including one activity each with both Joe Bonamassa and Peter Frampton, plus autograph sessions with select Blues stars and opportunities to jam with fellow cruisers. While docked at our exotic ports, guests can experience the unrivaled glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo and explore the ancient island of Malta to round out the perfect adventure while sailing through paradise aboard Norwegian Pearl.

For the best selection of staterooms, fans are encouraged to pre-register for the sailing now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. The Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean begin at £1,180 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 11PM GMT.

A destination of her own, the recently renovated Norwegian Pearl offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Fresh off a dry dock refurbishment where she received enhancements to every part of the onboard experience Norwegian Pearl now features 16 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

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