British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton and Cream are the inspirations for Joe Bonamssa behind his new album ‘Royal Tea’, which is to be released 23 October via Provogue/J&R Adventures.
Bonamassa has often talked about discovering British Blues music in his fathers vinyl collection and how these players and those sounds helped shape him into the world renowned guitar player his is today.
Joe told MetalTalk: “I would have been about twelve years old, and it was the sound I heard in my head. Like, ‘OK, I’m in. That’s what I want to be’.”
The new album, ‘Royal Tea’, has been co-written by Joe and a number of British musicians, including the likes of Bernie Marsden, former Cream lyricist Pete Brown and Jools Holland.
Bonamassa tells us: “This whole adventure was a bucket-list thing for me. Writing this record in London has done its job. It really does sound inherently British. Bernie and I, we finish each others sentences. We’re cut from the same cloth.”
Once again recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Bonamassa’s long-standing producer Kevin Shirley and his regular touring band flew in for the recording sessions.
Songs from the new album will premiere on a special livestream concert from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which will be shown this 20 September.
Featuring tracks from ‘Royal Tea’, as well as songs from the ‘A New Day Now’ anniversary album, the live concert will help raise funds for Joe’s ‘Fueling Musicians Program’ which was set up to help touring musicians affected by COVID-19.
The evening will finish with a one hour ‘After Party’ featuring several live performances from an array of some of the hottest rising stars in the blues-rock music.
Concert passes are available from Joe’s website.