Joe Bonamassa


Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa has today announced that his brand new solo album ‘Different Shades Of Blue’ will be released in the UK on Monday 22nd September (Mascot / Provogue).

‘Different Shades Of Blue’is Bonamassa ’s first studio album since 2012’s Driving Towards The Daylight, which debuted at #2 on the Official UK Album Chart. It is also his first to feature all-original material, penned by the man himself.

The resulting album is Bonamassa’s most accomplished work to date.  ‘Different Shades Of Blue’ has more of an experimental edge than previous Bonamassa records. It’s a blues record that explores the outer reaches and the many different sounds that shape the genre.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

Click here for updates on ‘Different Shades Of Blue’ and a free download from Joe’s last #1 Blues album Driving Towards The Daylight.

To prepare for the record, Bonamassa took 2013 off from releasing any new studio material, a rarity in the tireless bluesman’s career, and instead spent time in Nashville writing with Jonathan Cain (Journey), James House (Diamond Rio, Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride), and Jerry Flowers (Keith Urban).

“The writers really inspired me, and having access to really great lyricists and songwriters made it such a great experience,” said Bonamassa.

Recorded at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, ‘Different Shades Of Blue’ was produced by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), who has helmed Bonamassa’s last fifteen projects, including his collaborations with Black Country Communion and Beth Hart.

To compliment Bonamassa’s unmistakable guitar and vocal style, Shirley brought together a group of musicians including Reese Wynans (organ, piano), Carmine Rojas (bass), Michael Rhodes (bass), Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Lenny Castro (percussion), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone), Ron Dziubla (saxophone), the Bovaland Orchestra (strings), and Doug Henthorn and Melanie Williams (background vocals).

“It’s definitely my favorite Joe Bonamassa record to date,” said Shirley. “It’s an album that deserves to be listened to in its entirety. Luckily Joe’s fan base really seems to appreciate a body of work and not just songs.”

Each year, Bonamassa strives to deliver something new for his fans to thank them for their loyalty, dedication, and enthusiastic activity on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook which has helped grow the guitarist’s reputation exponentially in the UK and the rest of the world.

Shirley said, “I think Joe has learned the value of not underestimating his audience. He plays music as well as he can, and always tries to bring music of depth to his audience. We try very hard to make the records as multidimensional as possible and really try not to cut any corners in delivering them.”

Bonamassa has twelve #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist) and received his first Grammy nomination in 2013 for his collaboration with Beth Hart on the duo’s second album Seesaw. His 2013 solo acoustic project An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House was nominated by the Blues Music Awards for “Best DVD” and his 2009 DVD Live From The Royal Albert Hall recently received BPI Gold Certification.

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2014 is a very special year for Walter Trout; the acclaimed blues rock guitarist celebrates his 25th anniversary as a solo artist. With many years playing in Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, 1989 was the year he struck out on his own and never looked back. For a man whose previous wild lifestyle and former addictions made him a candidate for a path to an early self-destruction, at age 62 he has matured into one of the world’s premier exponents of blues rock.

In joyful celebration Provogue Records will be releasing ten of Walter’s back catalogue albums as limited edition deluxe vinyl series. Being released throughout 2014, and limited to only 2,000 copies per album worldwide and produced on high quality 180g vinyl. The albums will have a maximum of 20 minutes of music per side for enhanced sound quality.

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“To have some of the best parts of my earlier recordings re-released and celebrated in high-quality audio, is a thrill of the highest order,” says Trout. “I hope my friends and fans will enjoy this commemorative series as much as I will. There is something about re-hearing the music on vinyl – the warmth and the expansiveness of the sound takes me right back to the day it was recorded.”

Release schedule for Walter Trout’s 25th Anniversary Edition vinyl series

3 March 14 – release date for No More Fish Jokes
7 April 14 – release date for Deep Trout
5 May 14 – release date for The Outsider
7 July 14 – release date for Positively Beale Street
18 August 14- release date for Breakin’ The Rules
8 Sept 14 – release date for Life in The Jungle
6 Oct 14 – release date for Unspoiled By Progress
3 Nov 14 – release date release date for Transition
1 Dec 14 – release date for Prisoner of a Dream
15 Dec 14 – release date Face The Music

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