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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Following a hugely successful 2018 tour, the Mascot Label Group/Provogue ROCKIN’ THE BLUES tour returns in 2019 with an incredible line-up featuring the platinum selling international star Jonny Lang, blues-rock royalty Walter Trout and the fast-rising blues-rock hero Kris Barras who has just won the Planet Rock Radio Award for ‘Best New Band. The tour will be calling through Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK and will see them all come together for a final jam at the end of each night.

To add to the show experience there will be the opportunity to exclusively hear upcoming unreleased Mascot Label Group releases on a listening stand with high end headphones provided by Bowers & Wilkins. There will be an extensive merchandise area with great deals that aren’t available in stores, on selections of Mascot back catalogue.

At only 37 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. He released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. ‘Lie to Me’ revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings. Grammy Award winning Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers of his generation and has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.2017s album, ‘Signs’ features, funk, rock, and blues elements and is held together by Lang’s distinctive playing and singing, and the lyrics, which center on themes of embattlement and self-empowerment.

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game – from John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat and beyond – Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together. His latest album ‘We’re All In This Together’ is a testament to that as his star-studded address book brought in collaborations with John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musslewhite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker and John Németh. He has toured the world over and has a million stories to tell.

Former MMA/Cage-fighter turned musician Kris Barras had a phenomenal rise in 2018. In March he released ‘The Divine And Dirty’, played sold out dates on his headline tours in March and September, he supported Beth Hart on her UK April/May tour and played a triumphant set at Ramblin’ Man Fair – to around 2000 people and the biggest crowd of the weekend on that stage. He joined Supersonic Blues Machine along with the legendary Billy F. Gibbons as the bands principle singer/guitarist on tour through July, playing the iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and throughout Europe with them.  He also supported Joanne Shaw Taylor, GUN, King King and Therapy? He performed on BBC Radio 2, which included a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along the Watch Tower’, to an audience of over 2 million people. He has also just beat off stiff competition to win the Planet Rock Radio 2019 ‘Best New Band’ Award.

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Fight For My Soul

American guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jonny Lang returns for a one-off UK concert at London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday April 25th.  Tickets: BookingsDirect.com and 0844 338 0000.

On Saturday April 26th, at 4pm Jonny will perform 6 songs at the grand opening of  the Texas Bar.B.Q restaurant “The Big Easy” in Covent Garden, where Jonny’s performance will be filmed for a live worldwide webcast.  Visit bigeasy.co.uk for more information.

In 2013, Jonny released “Fight For My Soul”, his first studio album in seven years.  BBC Radio 2 made it their “Album Of The Week”.

“This album’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” says Lang. “Some of these songs may surprise people. Creatively, I think there is a lot more going on inside of me than I’ve been sharing on record so far.  Much of what I’ve experienced through music and life is in these songs.”

Jonny Lang

Since the release of his 1997 major label debut “Lie To Me”, the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation.

This Sunday’s Christmas Special consists of the following acts –

Savatage, Jeff Scott Soto, Joe Lyn Turner, Tuff, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Eagles, John Lee Hooker, Eva Cassidy, Jonny Lang, Lipstick Liontigers, Vice & Frequency Drift.

I’d like to personally thank all of you the listeners, musicians, promoters & record labels for all your support & friendship in 2011. Here’s to a rockin’ 2012