Different Shades of Blue “Black Irish Eyes” Exclusive

Joe Bonamassa Different Shades Of Blue

I’ve really been enjoying the Bonus Tracks from Joe Bonamassa’s new release, Different Shades of Blue. This week we will be reviewing my favorite Bonus Track, Black Irish Eyes. This song is the last of the Bonus Tracks, ranking in at just over four and a half minutes. I hear a little bit of country in this song, with a bit of blues. And I absolutely love the way Joe’s voice sounds so clean in this song. It’s another original and you can listen it to below and give us your feedback! You can purchase your copy with Bonus Tracks at Best Buy.

Joe Bonamassa Live Acoustic at Planet Rock

Joe Bonamassa recently stopped by Planet Rock studios. While he was visiting our good friends at Planet Rock, he went full out on his acoustic guitar, playing several songs for them. Watch below as Joe will make your jaw drop on the ground. We hope that you enjoy these two versions of Jelly Roll and Woke Up Dreaming.

An Inside Look At Joe Bonamassa’s Different Shades Of Blue

Joe Bonamassa Different Shades Of Blue

Here we are once again, it’s time for another album release from Joe Bonamassa. For the record, this is Joe’s first ever studio release of all original material. That means that all of these 11 tracks are songs that you’ve never heard before. They are classics for the record book. It’s been over two years since Joe’s last studio release, “Driving Towards The Daylight”. In the past two years, Joe has released numerous live records and records with legendary singer, Beth Hart.

“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.” -Joe Bonamassa

With that being said, it’s time to dig in. So here we go! Are you ready?!

It was a warm sunny day in early August. I had just come home from a long day at work and open up the mailbox. Instead of the mailbox being full of the usual junk and bills, I noticed a bubble mailer. Inside of this bubble mailer was a CD… little did I know that it would change my life. It was “Different Shades of Blue”.

The album jumps right into full swing, with an opening intro “Hey Baby”, where Joe takes us into an instrumental jam of greatness and we are given a sneak peak of what the rest of the album has to offer. If you’ve seen Joe live recently, he’s been doing “Hey Baby” as an intro to “Oh Beautiful”. If you weren’t at Red Rocks, don’t worry, it will be on the live DVD and Bluray. Still in awe from the intro, “Oh Beautiful” starts off slow, with Joe singing a verse from the song. Don’t be fooled folks, this is not a slow song. This is a heavy song, that goes back to Joe’s roots in Black Country Communion. It’s a heavy rock song, where Joe’s guitar is not afraid to scream. Absolutely a stunner of a song to see live, that’s for sure. I was not aware that wah pedals can scream the way they do. Thanks to this song, I am now a firm believer that Joe was made to play the wah pedal.

“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.” -Kevin Shirley

Joe takes a different approach on the next track, “Love Ain’t A Long Song”. This songs starts off very fast and upbeat. On every studio record, Joe’s voice continues to get better and better. Just when you think it can’t get any better, you listen to a track like “Love Ain’t A Love Song” and you’re proven wrong. This song is one of my favorites on the album and even thought it’s what I consider to be a faster track, Joe isn’t afraid to throw in a few mind blowing guitar licks. Epic! This song is also on Joe’s currently set list and a real thrill to see live. On to the next track, which is “Living On The Moon”. This track has a very bluesy rock feel to it and starts off with the horn section.  The horns compliment this song very well and Joe’s guitar has a very grungy feel to it, which adds greatly to the song.

The fifth track on the album is a gem named “Heartaches Follows Wherever I Go”. Joe digs deep down inside on this track and pulls out some amazing lyrics. These are lyrics that most of us can relate to and have experienced at some point in our lives. I also love how the horn section is quite evident on this song. Such a great song! Up next is my favorite song on the album. It was my favorite song after listening to the album the first time through and still holds it’s ranking in my top 5 Joe songs of all time, “Never Give All Your Heart”. As I said early, there are several hints on this album, that bring out what I feel is Joe’s real rock side and this tune is another one of those songs that does just that. The amount of emotion you feel in the opening song leaves me just speechless. I would hope to see this song live. When it is played live, it will be a keeper, and it will stay on every set list, just like Sloe Gin. Mark my words!

The seventh track on Different Shades of Blue, might just be on of the best blues genre geared songs on the album. It’s titled “I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues.” This track has a very old rusty blues feeling to it, definitely from the olden days. Hints of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf scream throughout the song. Joe’s guitar is also screaming, adding his own twist, which brings this song to modern day. This is an instant blues classic. This song complements the album nicely and I thoroughly enjoy listening to it on repeat.

We’re up to the title track of the album, which of course is “Different Shades of Blue”. This song is another one that many folks can relate with. Joe’s  great song writing skills really do shine on this song. It’s easily one of the best songs on the album and it’s probably one you’ve already heard. If I was a DJ at a radio station and had to pick a song from the new album to play, this would be one of them. With that being said, Joe should add this song to his set list, so we can all watch in awe and take in one of Joe’s most amazing guitar solos of all time. Thanks for this one, Joe.

For the next track of this masterpiece, Joe takes us on another grand blues rock adventure with the track “Get Back My Tomorrow”. A reason why this song stands out is Joe’s voice. His voice on this track is incredible and while Joe is primarly singing on this song, the guitar also reminds me a lot of “Dust Bowl”, which is another great song. Joe also references “Pain and Sorrow”, could that be a coincidence? You can listen below and let us know what you think!

It’s hard to believe that we are up to track 10 on this album. Up to this point, it feels as if this album has the tracks arranged in a particular way, to convey a story to the listener. I don’t think I would arrange them any other way! Anyways, this superb track is titled “Trouble Town”. More Horns, more horns, more horns! I’ll take the horns any day. This track combines blues, with rock guitar riffs, with hints of soul type music that makes you wonder if working with Beth Hart has influenced Joe. I could also see this song being played by Joe and Beth at some point, that would be splendid!

The final track of the album is titled “So, What Would I do”. This song fits perfectly as the last song of the album. It’s like Joe and Co came back out in the studio for an encore and this is the song they played. The song starts playing with a beautiful piano intro, which just so happens to remind me a lot of “Asking Around For You”, off of Joe’s “You & Me” album. It’s the slowest song on the album, but don’t let that fool you. It would be great to see Joe playing this live, especially as the encore with his 335, making some of the best facial expressions one can make while playing guitar. This one will hits straight at the heart and I would consider it to be a tear-jerker.

In the end, this album is one of the best records I’ve listened to, in a long time. I say that not because I am a Joe Bonamassa fan, but because I am a fan of music. A fan of music that is unique to the world and has it’s own unique sound. Music that you listen to and it shows endless amounts of emotion. Music that shows the artists’ own blood and tears. As Joe does with every studio album, he nails it. Nails it straight on the head. Dead on. Joe can’t be classified as a blues artist. Joe can’t be classified as a rock artist. Joe can’t be classified as a pop artist. Joe Bonamassa is his own genre of music and I suggest you jump on board and enjoy the ride. I hope we see many more original releases from Joe in the future. Until next time.

Best Buy Exclusive! Different Shades of Blue With Bonus Tracks

Different Shades Of Blue (Bby)CD - Larger Front

Best Buy is offering an exclusive version of Different Shades of Blue, that includes 3 bonus tracks. Different Shades of Blue will be released on September 23rd in the United States and September 22nd in the rest of the world. This is a killer release, make sure you head to Best Buy to get extra tracks. Complete track listing is below, including the bonus tracks.

  1. Hey Baby ( New Rising Sun)
  2. OH Beautiful!
  3. Love Ain’t A Love Song
  4. Living On The Moon
  5. Heartache Follows Wherever I Go
  6. Never Give All Your Heart
  7. I gave up everything for you,cept the blues
  8. Different Shades Of Blue
  9. Get Back My Tomorrow
  10. Trouble Town
  11. So, What Would I Do
  12. Scarlet Town [Bonus Track]
  13. Better The Devil You Know [Bonus Track]
  14. Black Irish Eyes [Bonus Track]

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Bonamassa Headlines Four Shows In London

Following the recent announcement of Joe Bonamassa’s forthcoming studio album “Different Shades of Blue”, released 22nd September, the internationally renowned guitarist is proud to announce four exclusive concerts in March 2015 at the prestigious Hammersmith Eventim Apollo London (formerly the London Hammersmith Apollo).

Planet Rock will run an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 9th July via www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday 11th July from the 24 hour box office: 0844 249 4300 and www.eventimapollo.com.

For the first time, fans will have the option to pre-order the new studio album with their concert tickets in a special bundle. This will be available both during the 48-hour Planet Rock pre-sale, and when tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 11th July.

The 2015 Hammersmith concerts begin a new chapter in the book of Joe, and follow his critically acclaimed “London 2013″ tour, which saw Bonamassa pay homage to his UK fans and unique relationship with England’s capital city.

Currently his only confirmed UK concerts, the 2015 Eventim Apollo dates will see Joe perform an entirely new show. Featuring songs from his new album “Different Shades of Blue” played live for the very first time in the UK, including a sensational horn section, these shows are a guaranteed must-see for “Bona-holic” both new and old, and guitar aficionados everywhere.

Joe and his band will also perform classics from his extensive back catalog, including “Sloe Gin”, “Dust Bowl”, “The Ballad of John Henry”, and 2012’s critically acclaimed “Driving Towards The Daylight” (which reached #2 in the UK’s Official Album Chart).

Source: Noble PR

Bonamassa In The Studio Down Under

Joe Bonamassa is pictured above with Kevin Shirley. Joe is a guest on the upcoming album from Mahalia Barnes and the Soul Mates. Mahlia Barnes is the daughter of the great Jimmy Barnes, who played on Driving Towards The Daylight.

The latest update from Kevin Shirley on the studio session.

Well, it’s been such a busy year! I’m in Sydney now and have just finished the most amazing and funky record with Mahalia Barnes and the Soul Mates – featuring my good bud Joe Bonamassa (who had his work cut out for him!). Really slamming! I think people haven’t heard this stuff in a long while! Also just wrapping a career spanning project with Jimmy Barnes and I’m sure more of that will come to light in the very near future. But to say I’m fried is an understatement… I need a big break but I’ll have to settle for a hug from my kids when I see them…

An upcoming release date for this is TBA, however, Joe’s latest studio album “Different Shades of Blue” is due out in stores September 22, 2014.

Win this Joe Bonamassa Signature Guitar!

The Pelham Blue Limited Edition Finish is a new release, just in time for the Summer of 2014! Keeping the Blues Alive foundation is giving away this gem of a guitar.  Founded by modern guitar Blues Phenom Joe Bonamassa, “Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation” (KTBA) is a non-profit committed to funding music education. In an effort to create awareness about KTBA we are giving away a hand-signed Joe Bonamassa’s signature series Les Paul Standard Epiphone. Enter now to win! Don’t forget to share the message about Keeping the Blues Alive with your friends to do your part in promoting music education. Contest ends September 4th.

Joe Bonamassa Announces New Studio Album

Joe Bonamassa Different Shades Of Blue‘Different Shades Of Blue’ will be released on September 22.

Joe Bonamassa has revealed that he’s to release a brand new solo studio album.

‘Different Shades Of Blue’ is set for release on September 22nd 2014, and will be his first since 2012’s Driving Towards The Daylight, which debuted at #2 on the Official UK Album Chart.

It will be also his first album to feature all-original material, penned by Bonamassa himself.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album,” says Bonamassa. “So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album. 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.”

Rock Candy Funk Party on Conan

Rock candy funk party conan

Joe Bonamassa and Rock Candy Funk Party took Conan by storm last night performing their hit single “Octopus-E”. The band appeared on Conan to celebrate their live DVD & BluRay release “Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York Live At The Iridium”, which is due out February 25th. Take a look at the video below to see their performance!