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Catch Bonamassa Back to Back on Palladia this Saturday

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For the first time ever, Joe Bonamassa will be on Palladia this Saturday night March 31st back to back. Palladia will first be broadcasting Black Country Communion’s “Live Over Europe”, followed by Joe Bonamassa’s “Live From New York – Beacon Theatre”. This is the national debut on Palladia for Joe’s Beacon Theatre performance. Each show is an hour in length. If you’ve seen the Beacon broadcasted on PBS, this broadcast will have the same footage. Oh and it is in HD.. sweet!

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Are You Using Pandora?

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Most of us by now have smartphones and those of us that do, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Pandora Radio. Pandora is a free  application that allows you to type in your favorite band, song, genre of music. It will then create a radio station for you to listen to, starting with the original search term you used. After playing a song from that artist, it will play a song that it finds to be similar.

This is a genius idea, which brings me to my next question. Have you found Joe or Black Country Communion through this application? Pandora automatically selected Black Country Communion for me, based on what I had listened to previously.

If you do not have Pandora on your smartphone (Blackberry, Android, or iPhone), I suggest that you get it! You can also stream online from their website.

New Titan Lithograph

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The fifth Joe Bonamassa Lithograph is now available for sale via Joe’s online store. The picture features Joe soloing during the Black Country Communion tour. It was shot by Christie Goodwin on July 30, 2011 in Manchester, England.

All lithographs retail for $399 (which includes shipping) and as a bonus you’ll get two tickets to any Joe show plus meet and greet. They are still in stock at the time of this post.

Black Country Communion DVD Trailer

Black Country Communion today posted the official trailer for their upcoming DVD release in October. The live DVD and CD will be released in the end of October. Pre-order should be coming up soon. The DVD features live footage from several shows of the overseas tour. Enjoy!

Back To The States!

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Joe is just wrapping up the Black Country Communion tour, which has nearly run for two months now. He will be returning back to the states on Saturday.

Last two shows coming up this week for BCC .. I just want to thank all in our production crew most of which have pulled double duty and have been out all 16 weeks with my solo band and BCC… Love you all and thank you all for the tremendous amount of hard work… Home on Saturday folks!!! woo hoo!!

Joe has a some down time for August and September. The normal Joe solo show with his normal band will pickup in October. After hitting the UK, Joe will come back to the status. Always stay up to date with the latest tour information, available here.

Also make sure to catch Joe at the Baked Potato on August 13th. More details can be found here, about this exclusive gig.

Nominated for Artist Of The Year

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Joe Bonamassa is one of the nominees for Artist of the Year in the annual Classic Rock awards. Black Country Communion was also nominated for Band of the Year and Album of the Year. Voting is under way right now at Classic Rock’s website. Joe is a former past time winner in the Classic Rock awards. Let’s get Joe and BCC some very well deserved awards, get voting today!

Interview with Kevin Shirley on Planet Rock

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Kevin Shirley sat down with Planet Rock recently to give his perspective on several songs that he has had the pleasure of recording. Of course he covered Joe Bonamassa, but he also went over The Outsider by Black Country Communion. Kevin also discusses Led Zeppelin, John Hiatt, Black Crowes, Iron Maiden, and Aerosmith.

You’ll also hear an some unreleased music from John Hiatt and Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes. Check out the full hour audio recording here.

Black Country Communion 2 – A Flashback To The 70’s

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Let’s take a flash back into the 70’s… that’s where you’ll find the Black Country Communion 2 album. The collaboration between all of the band members is fantastic. On the album, you’ll find a lot of influence from Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. The album starts off with the strong single, The Outsider. This track is a great single, has a killer opening riff that hits you right in the face – holy 70’s!

The album has a lot of other hidden gems, such as The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall. Joe Bonamassa’s vocals are right up front on this track and we get to hear some of his great acoustic guitar playing, that slams on to a full blown out rock song.

How about Save Me? This is a great track. In fact, this very track is an unreleased Led Zeppelin track. Save Me came alive after the O2 Led Zep gig in 2007.  John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page came up with the song, which was brought to BCC 2  by Jason Bonham. Hughes states “(Bonham) kept playing me that riff over and over, and I was interested. It’s a great riff, and he wanted me to write something really desperate. I finally got (Bonamassa) over to my house and said, ‘Listen, we really should finish this song,’ and we did, and it really turned into something special.”

Another one of my favorites is Smokestack Woman. This is another song that has a Led Zep twist to it, which you can hear in Bonamassa’s guitar playing. The song almost reminds me of a Gov’t Mule song. Glenn Hughes vocals are simply outstanding.

The 70’s train continues right on into I Can See Spirit. This is definitely a hit and would be great as a radio single – many tunes on this album are of that quality. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such awesome drumming, Jason Bonham really pounds the skins on this one.

Saving the best for last, Cold. This song has a very interesting intro, you can literally hear Bonamassa’s guitar talking. The jaw dropping, guitar solo lasts for well over a minute. Glenn Hughes has a nice, soft voice on this song. Definitely a great bluesy ballad. It’s one of the longest tracks on the album, coming in near seven minutes. Heck, if it went on for another seven minutes, I wouldn’t be complaining.

When it comes down to the bottom line – this is another master piece by Black Country Communion. The dedication and effort displayed in each song is outstanding. This record is a must have and I hope to hear many more records from this band. As Glenn Hughes says, this is real music. Many thanks to Kevin Shirley for  being the man behind such an amazing group and producing such an overall fantastic album. The mastering is phenomenal and definitely  has that 70’s groove to it.

Make sure to catch Black Country Communion out on the road. Latest dates available on the Black Country Communion Fan Website.

Bonamassa Featured On July Guitarist Cover

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Joe Bonamassa is featured on the cover of the July 2011 issue of Guitarist Magazine. The magazine is one of the largest, if not the largest guitar magazine in Europe. The magazine should be hitting new stands in the US as well, within in the next week. Both Borders and Barnes and Noble carry the magazine.

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We talk to the world’s hottest guitarist and the legendary voice of rock about the second coming of their phenomenal supergroup Black Country Communion.

The issue features both information on Joe’s solo career and Black Country Communion. These magazine are of high quality and the glossy covers always look nice with a signature. Make sure you pick up your copy.. Read more on Guitarist’s website.

Black Country Communion ‘Went from a Side Project to a Band’

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Black Country Communion was recently featured on Billboard.com and everyone in the band agrees that this has turned from a side project into a full blown band.

It’s almost unheard of for any band these days to release two albums just nine months apart, but Glenn Hughes says that’s one of the things that makes Black Country Communion “a freak of nature.”

“I’ve never been in a situation in a band before that’s like this,” Hughes tells Billboard.com of Black Country Communion, the all-star group that also includes guitarist Joe Bonamassa, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason, who’s played with both Zep and Foreigner. Its sophomore album, simply titled “2,” is due out June 14, with tour dates starting today (June 9).

Read the rest of the article, which has a lot of interesting information, on Billboard.com.