On 18th May Joe Bonamassa will be releasing his live album British Blues Explosion.
London in the 1960s had an exciting music scene. British bands were taking influence from their American blues and R&B heroes. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were in constant competition with each other. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers formed and there was Blues Incorporated run by Alexis Korner. Then there was a man called Jeff Beck. Today regarded as one of the industries most respected talents and a musical virtuoso. Bonamassa’s live album is quintessentially British as it opens with Jeff Beck’s Bolero and Rice Pudding.
Produced by Kevin Shirley who has an impressive and varied discography behind him including artists such as Aerosmith’s Nine Lives and Led Zeppelin’s Mothership. He has an extensive history of working with Joe Bonamassa and he has also produced, engineered and mixed Joanne Shaw Taylor’s latest album Wild. This experience shows on British Blues Explosion because the quality is unequalled.
The band accompanying Joe onstage include Russ Irwin on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Reese Wynans on keyboards, Michael Rhodes on bass and Anton Fig on drums. This album is everything that a Bonamassa fan would expect from him. He has produced a record like The Rolling Stones recent release Blue and Lonesome. This album features songs from Cream, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayall. Joe’s rendition of I Can’t Quit You Baby is everything the blues is about. The guitar speaks the emotion for him and the lyrics are just an added extra.
Joe’s performance at Carnegie Hall last year had a multi-cultural feel due to the variation in instruments and stage setup. Towards the end of the album Black Winter and Django are played. These tracks bring a multi-cultural feel to British Blues Explosion which is a major part of UK culture. A lot of thought and attention has gone into the making of this album to produce something that explains what it means to be British.