"Redemption": Joe Bonamassa Details 13th Studio AlbumBlues-rock marvel Joe Bonamassa has announced details of his brand new album "Redemption" including the debut of the title track
July 2, 2018
Boasting 12 all-new songs, “Redemption” reflects the re-birth Joe Bonamassa is currently going through, as he explains: “I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through. It’s rising; it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful but knowing that there’s a rising coming.”
“Redemption” sees Joe join forces with some of Nashville’s finest music minds -Tom Hambridge, James House, Gary Nicholson, as well as Richard Page, and Dion Dimucci. It’s also a continuation of Bonamassa’s long creative relationship with producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley.
“From a Producer’s perspective, “Redemption” is far and away the most challenging and diverse album that Joe has ever made,” says Shirley.
The album was recorded at many locations including Blackbird Studios, Nashville TN, The Cave Australia, Sydney OZ, Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas NV, Criteria Hit Factory, Miami FL and Addiction Sound Studios, Nashville.
Joe also enlisted an array of talented musicians to perform on “Redemption” – drummer Anton Fig, bassist Michael Rhodes, keyboardist Reese Wynans, horn players Lee Thornburg and Paulie Cerra, harmony vocalist Gary Pinto, background singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae, and Juanita Tippins.
Shirley introduced two extra guitar players, Kenny Greenberg and Doug Lancio.
Shirley says: “We’re always trying to do different things with Joe. I’m always trying to push him and push him in different directions, and I think it’s one of the things that makes it exciting, that he’s always pushing boundaries.
“On the last record I took the keyboard player out of the equation, and I brought in two drummers because I wanted Joe to play hard. This time around it was a little different. I still wanted him to play hard, but I needed him to be a reactive player, so that was one of the reasons for introducing the other guitar players and it was sensational.”
Explaining the meaning behind “Redemption” Bonamassa said: “It’s this yearning to redeem yourself after just this tremendous loss and this tremendous feeling of pain. “I really feel the new material is deeper, lyrically and musically! We try to get a little deeper every time we come out.”
He continued, “I think”‘Redemption” could have some of the best writing I’ve ever done along with James House, he’s a national treasure that guy, Tom Hambridge, the same thing, Gary Nicholson, Gordon Kennedy, and Danny Flowers.
“I’m really excited for people to hear it and it’s not the same thing that I’ve done. It’s different, a good different, not just different for the sake of being different.”
Lavishing the music with praise, Kevin Shirley adds: “It is a brand-new look at the Blues, in what is clearly Joe’s deepest and darkest most personal album yet, which is a masterpiece of desperation – melodic and cinematic in this presentation.”
“Redemption” is Bonamassa’s 13th solo studio record. The LP is scheduled for release this fall on September 21, 2018.
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