Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

 

 

I can hear the cries – no another Joe Bonamassa album not another live album! Yes, we know he has played live at so many prestigious concert halls and venues. Yes, we know he played Carnegie Hall and that is rather special, but really why would we want Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album?

  1. We probably could not afford to go even if we lived in New York
  2. How many versions of his blues does any record collection need, he has released over the last fifteen years twenty-two albums.

This review, I promise you will tell you why Bluesdoodles believes sincerely why Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall Album to add to your personal blues discography.

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall is different an acoustic evening with a massive impact. This is not Joe Bonamassa on a stage trying to replicate, mimic an old-time blues player on a porch deep in the delta. Bonamassa has surrounded himself with an all-star and diverse ensemble of world-class musicians. From China, cellist & erhuist Tina Guo; from Egypt percussionist Hoosam Ramzy; multi-instrumentalist Eric Brazilian, saxophone, Hurdy Gurdy and more; along with regulars on Piano Reese Wynans & Drummer Anton Fig and a trio of Australian backing vocalists. This is acoustic with attitude conjuring deep sounds from the musical arsenal of the world, adding layers of complexity to the acoustic fueled textures and tones. The twelve tracks include favourites and new tracks ensuring the live performance is fresh and alive with sparkling blue tones.

Every track has a special moment and will single out a few. BUT; more important for Bluesdoodles was the collective, message, energy and the vibrancy of music that shimmer and shines as the blues is augmented with roots tones from across the world.  Joe Bonamassa said “Despite being among the most ambitious things I’ve done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show.”

The scope is huge and the ambition all-encompassing achieving an album with a deep acoustic feel. It feels personal, intimate as acoustic should despite being recorded in the large Carnegie Hall with the guitar surrounded by a 9 piece band.

Opening with a seriously classic piano intro a whoop and JB joins the duet as the intro shapes the ambiance of the album then with a 1,2,3,4 we hit the beat we know with the opening track revamped from Blues of Desperation, This Train and our introduction to Tina Guo’s Erhu a Chinese two-string bowed musical instrument. With this track the album is gaining a head of steam as we realise that a relaxed Joe B on vocals is having fun. With the opening tracks from the same album we are on familiar territory but the foundations have shifted with new sounds and arrangements. Going back to his ninth album we have the title track Dust Bowl re-worked that gives the strong lyrics more depth and the backing vocals add emotional punctuation.   Driving Towards Daylight is a beautiful piece of musical artistry closing with haunting strings and then as the applause dies the guitar picking up the raw notes of the delta harsh, quiet thoughtful as Black Lung Heartache is added to the set list.  The guitar joined with a swirl of strings, the Hurdy Gurdy connecting the coalfields of USA from Appalachians across to South Wales, into Europe and across to China wherever men hew coal from the deep dark earth. This power source bringing light and heat to our homes at a personal cost Black Lung .The mood changes like a sky at sunset, vivid, muted bright and darker. Closing out disc one with Livin’ Easy returning to Blues of Desperation with saxophone and piano bringing in a jazz fueled vibe and the languorous beat suits the lyrics. Then Get Back My Tomorrow up beat, the backing vocals add so much tone I like the lyric ‘I wanted more….’ It is okay there is more another six tracks on the second disc.

Opening with Mountain Time given a country treatment leading in to the cover and longest song title on the album from 1929, Blind Alfred Rees; How Can Poor People Stand Such Times and Live? The guitar takes the lead with piano and this is country blues as Joe implores the lyrics with emotional tones a heartfelt holler.  Then as a juxtaposition a reworking of Black Country Communion’s Song Of Yesterday. With a tender love song Hummingbird is bought alive in this format tonight in Carnegie Hall, then The Rose gentle musically fragrant with strings and percussion pulling the melody and Joe’s vocals strong and true full of tenderness as the acoustic notes fall silent.

Acoustic can be modern, exciting challenging and above all else acoustic can be experimental as he proves on Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic album.

So back to the original query why have another Live Joe Bonamassa album?

  • Will this collection of musicians ever be repeated?, I doubt it; 9 musicians bought together by love of live music gathered to deliver blues rooted in the world’s musical diversity, history and heritage.
  • Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall belongs in a personal collection not as a trophy but able to be played in your own space capturing the mood when he played for two nights in New York.

The album, where nothing is overdone, acoustic authenticity maintained, Joe’s vocals the best I have heard. No theatrics,  music and the power of lyrics telling the story in perfect harmony.

Joe BonamassaLive at Carnegie HallMascot/Provogue Label

 

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

    CD 1

  1. This Train
  2. Drive
  3. The Valley Runs Low
  4. Dust Bowl
  5. Driving Towards The Daylight
  6. Black Lung Heartache
  7. Blues And Evil
  8. Livin’ Easy
    CD 2

  1. Mountain Time
  2. How Can A Poor Man Stand So Such Times And Live?
  3. Song Of Yesterday
  4. Woke Up Dreaming
  5. Hummingbird
  6. The Rose

Available Formats:- 2 CD, 2 DVD, Bluray & 3LP

Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall Acoustic Album

Hurricane Ruth Album Ain’t Ready for the Grave

Hurricane Ruth Album Ain’t Ready for the Grave

Hurricane Ruth Album Ain’t Ready for the Grave

 

 

Hurricane Ruth Album Ain’t Ready for the Grave, her fourth record that spins with the full force of the Blues driven by rock dynamics. Ruth is diminutive, earning the name Hurricane Ruth as everyone was blown away at the large vocal sound that shapes her blues with rock. Recorded in Nashville this twelve track album, produced by Tom Hambridge (drummer, songwriter and Grammy winner) is the real deal; Hurricane Ruth has surrounded herself with a posse of talent, comprising the magic fingers of Reese Wynans on keys; deep bass grooves from Michael Rhodes and guitarists that light her fire Pat Buchanan & Rob McNelley . Dedicating Ain’t Ready For The Grave to her father Milt Lamaster Snr, it was growing up in Glendale’s Tavern, Beardstown, Illionis owned by her Dad that inspired her, on the route between Chicago & St. Louis. Where Middle America absorbs the music styles with jazz, blues and country artists all filling the club with music at some time or other.

In praise of live music venues, Barrelhouse Joe’s opens the party with the force that drives the album on Hurricane Ruth’s vocals, a heady mix of sassy rawness as blues and rock entwine. The keys from Reese paint the canvas of a juke joint with Ruth layering on tonal shades so that the house is rockin’ this Friday night as Saturday dawns. Hard Rockin’ Woman follows a descriptive title for the artist herself, this is the track that sets down her style blues with granite attitude that charges up a breeze into a perfect musical storm.

Hurricane Ruth delivers blues with gritty determination. She sets the music going and raises the tempo and heat until a perfect storm is created, with energised, swirling blues that are fueled with high-octane rock. Following a personal path with Far From the Cradle, the tempo slows the guitar is dirty and the vocals delivered with purpose as the album takes shapes as deep down blues with style. Estilene picks up the tempo, the foot is taken off the brakes as Ruth chastises her for messing with married men alone.

Every number has an element that sets it out from the rest, from the dance track  Beekeeper with its fat boogaloo beat, and the slower Cheating Blues which slow, and measured with Wyanan’s keys making this a dramatic blues number a classic fresh as a daisy.

Then a rock cover AC/DC Whole Lotta Rosie, sizzling with Hurricane appeal. The album builds with new delights around every corner good stuff, saucy, soulful as she is joined by the McCray Sisters leading into a dose of gospel to close the album out with Yes I Know.

The album is delivered with passion and determination the lyrics are set free by Hurricane Ruth’s vocal interpretation.

Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready For The Grave – Hurricane Ruth Records

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Track Listing

  1. Barrelhouse Joe’s
  2. Hard Rockin’ Woman
  3. Far From The Cradle
  4. Estilene
  5. Beekeeper
  6. My Heart Aches For You
  7. Cheating Blues
  8. Whole Lotta Rosie
  9. For A Change
  10. Let Me Be The One
  11. Good Stuff
  12. Yes I Know

Three Blues Kings Saluted by Joe Bonamassa

Three Blues Kings Saluted by Joe Bonamassa

 

Three Blues Kings Saluted
by  Joe Bonamassa

 

 

 

Another month and another Joe Bonamassa album. Now you have Live At The Greek Theatre an evening of tribute to the Three Kings to add to your collection. Unleashed tonight as Bonamassa captured those signature licks and lead breaks. This is a blues masterclass for a guitarist that understands the very DNA of electric blues combined with a phalanx of musicians adding layer upon layer of luscious sound.

Accompanying Joe on this sumptuous mix of DVD and CDs are Anton Fig on drums and adding to the rhythm groove bassist Michael Rhodes. The next layer added to the sound is the magical blues guitar of Kirk Fletcher and the sound of chords from the keys by the sensational Reese Wynans. Joe Bonamassa want’s a deep, expansive sound so now we have soul in the shape of the horn section Lee Thornburg’s trumpet , trombone from Nick Lan and the final piece of the horn jigsaw saxophonist Paulie Cerra. Let’s add some texture to the vocals with backing singers Mahalla Barnes, Jade McRae & Juanita who bring gospel into the mix.

You could say something about every one of the 22 tracks as Joe matches the guitar and instrumentation mix to augment the sound of the Blues Kings.  Joe Bonamassa’s presence grows as he picks up the guitar and connects to the blues. Electric blues full of Joe B’s passion for the sound he personifies he is living and breathing the sound and vibe.

Highlights are many in fact the whole concert is a masterpiece in how to give the old masters of the blues new life.  Early on I groaned – not Freddie’s King Going Dow again, there are too many interpretations already. I had to eat my thoughts this was Freddie Electric! Reese Wynans keys just sparkled through the licks and riffs. The flying V got into the blues with  Albert King’s I Get Evil, that evil feel was caught by the horns and flying fingers of Reese.  Jim Reeves’ Ole Time Religion, part of BB King’s sings spiritual the backing singers open and add to the fervent blues vibe along with Joe’s vocals and one of the three Gibson ES’s used during the live concert. Into this tantalising mix of the greats of early electric blues we have Oh Pretty Woman, and Cadillac Assembly Line just to whet your appetite for a fitting emotional rendition of the works of Albert, Freddie and BB’s the Three Kings by Joe Bonamassa.

Throughout the DVD the guitar from Kirk Fletcher adds to the emotionally charged performance adding rhythm guitar licks and lead breaks that are mouth-watering.  Closing with riding with the Thrill Has Gone, one thing is for certain the thrill of Joe Bonamassa’s guitar is not going to be diminished anytime soon!

Covers, yes JB is paying tribute to the Kings BUT! Where is his own music infusing the musical memory of this iconic Theatre, where he has dreamt of playing so long. I am sure The Greek Theatre would have welcomed the originality of his own material linking the delicious delivery of blues classics with verve and style!

Added to the concert of nearly two hours you also get the chance to see and hear bonus material including a conversation with Joe’s parents and behind the scenes.

AS he continues a celebration of Blues Heritage, beginning in 2014 as he visited Red Rocks in tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin Wolf Both tours contribution a portion of proceeds to presenting partner Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation

Once again a polished live performance, not and this is a keeper for fans of Joe Bonamassa especially if a trip to the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles was impossible. Once again Joe Bonamassa visits an iconic theatre and captures it soul with his superlative blues guitar playing Joe Bonamassa is electric!

 

Joe Bonamassa– Live At The Greek Theatre –

Out 23rd September

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

DVD

    1. Beginnings
    2. See See Baby
    3. Some Other Day, Some Other Time
    4. Lonesome Whistle Blues
    5. Sittin’ On The Boat Dock
    6. You’ve Got To Love Her with feeling
    7. Going Down
    8. I’ll Play The Blues for You
    9. I Got Evil
    10. Breaking Somebody’s Heart
    11. Angel of Mercy
    12. Cadillac Assembly Line
    13. Oh, Pretty Woman
    14. Let The Good Times Roll
    15. Never make You Move Too Soon
    16. Ole Time Religion
    17. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
    18. Boogie Woogie Woman
    19. Hummingbird
    20. Hide Away
    21. Born Under A Bad Sign
    22. The Thrill Is Gone
    23. Riding With The Kings

 

Bonus Features

Growing Up Joe ( A conversation with Joe’s parents)
Riding With The Kings (official Music Video)
Caveman’s Hacked iPhone (Behind The Scenes)
Joe’s Big Fat Greek ( Photo Gallery)

Available Formats:- 2 CD’s, 2 DVD’s Bluray and 3 LP’s

Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall

Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall

Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall

 

Tonight, Colston Hall was hot, excited and very full. Joe Bonamassa fans and many more who remember the heyday of the British Blues Explosion all wanted to hear his interpretation. The stage was set, with banks of lights and spot lights ready to pick out the guitarist everyone wanted hear. Tonight Jeff Beck was interspersed with Clapton, Mayall and Zeppelin topped off with a helping of Cream. Why these, tonight was Joe’s tribute to his guitar idols, he was celebrating the story of the electric guitar as interpreted mid 20th Century. This was his project and the music worked both with his vocals and the mix of growling, purring and strings that pinged with raw energy. Opening with a modernised version of the great instrumental Beck’s Bolero with a dollop of Rice Pudding; good old British R n’ B at its very best. We are most definitely going to be on one helluva celebration of the Best of British of the 1960’s and ‘70’s tonight. The tone of the guitars Joe decided to demonstrate tonight was deep and spot-on from the first to the last note. The only thing missing tonight from the stage on the Led Zeppelin numbers was Robert Plant, but that said the interpretations were superb. The whole band was enjoying the homage to many an inspiration for aspiring guitar players. Joe Bonamassa may have been in the spot light but the band played a major part and added a deep blazing fire to the evening’s music.

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High above the stage sat Anton Fig, his drum playing was a mix of power and subtlety, big hitting and gently gentle tones from the cymbals. The interplay between bassist Michael Rhodes and Joe shaped the tone and opened a pathway to another stinging Joe solo. The sound from acoustic piano and Hammond B3 ensured that Reese Wynans was never going to go unnoticed and then the additional guitar/keys sound from Russ Irwin was the added extra of tone and texture that was rocking Colston Hall.
The music was hot the energy and delight of the 60’s was back alive and kicking up he Blues dust of memories in Bristol tonight. Tonight was more than a tribute it was an exciting exploration of every note, beat and texture that is the epitome of the British Blues of 1960’s. Every track was magical, Spanish Boots had the band reduced to a trio really stood out. The sound was full and power-driven, emotionally charged passion for the electric six-strings and a fret board for Joe’s fingers to manipulate. This is everything that a power trio should be. His rendition of Motherless Children held the 1700 present in the hall spellbound and the unpronounceable Cream track SWLABR was a delight. Who can resist cream flowing over the sweetest of guitars tonight?

Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston HallI just wish we were standing as this was not music to sit to, as the show drew to the last three numbers Joe, simply signed for the crowded auditorium to stand. We did and then the music became even more scintillating and the energy rose to another level. Closing with Zeppelin’s How Many More Times. The response from the audience if asked, play it all again we want to hear Joe Bonamassa and the guitar that bends to his will.

After exploring the British Explosion with an extravaganza of stunning solos we were in Joe’s words rewarded with his cover of Tim Curry’s, Sloe Gin that he has made his own.
The re-interpretation of the Blues has travelled the reverse way across the Atlantic with Joe Bonamassa. Tonight, it took an American artist to remind many and acquaint others, on the full glories of the technicolour sound of the British Blues Invasion of the 1960’s.

 

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Set List
Becks Bolero/Rice Pudding
Mainline Florida
Boogie With Stu
Let Me Love You Baby
Plynth
Spanish Boots
Double Crossing Time
Motherless Children
SWLABR
Tea for One/Can’t Quit You Baby
Little Girl
Pretending
Black Winter/Django
How Many More Times
Encore – Sloe Gin

 

TWO SHOWS REMAINING

With two shows left in the U.K. there is no need to miss the Extravaganza of Joe Bonamassa’s celebration of the 1960’s  British Blues Explosion

 

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Joanne Shaw Taylor, will open for him at these shows  of his British Blues Explosion concerts.

 

Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of Desperation

 

There is a definite blues scent of originality within the latest album, Blues of Desperation, from Joe Bonamassa. The whole album takes on a journey through the geography of the blues as the album explores the physical landscape of rivers, mountains and valleys by train. Other tracks explore emotional blues of love lost, misery and desperation. The eleven original tracks have a depth and musical arrangements that augment and add a wisdom to the lyrics. Building on his last studio recording Different Shades of Blue.

The opening track This Train gets the journey underway with a raw rhythm and curling guitar riff that mimics the movement of a train moving along the tracks with purpose and determination. The instrumentation at times is muted allowing vocals and lyrics to drive the soul of the album as on Mountain Climbing. This builds with backing vocal and guitar that grinds reflecting the struggles of the poor working man. The track is poignant and relevant for life today as in the historical context of the track just replace toiling in the fields with toiling in the factory or office! Where will we be taken next as swampy guitar sounding more Latin than Southern Rock we are off for a drive with a swing in our hips. The drive is a solution to stress as Joe B’s vocals sooth and ‘put on an old blues song. And let our troubles be gone Lets Drive”.

Nearly half way into the album and the journey takes up deep into the Blues of Desperation. The guitar is full of pleading and the low feeling of desperation, the drum beat is harsh and enduring like your brain whirling when desperation is like staring into an abyss of tears. The track is a sonic description of the emotional rollercoaster you feel when you are desperate, have now where to turn. Through the miasma whirl of instruments there is a touch of the east with Joe’s vocals a track dripping with honest emotion as it fades away. Phew! After all the emotion we take another return with the first single of the album The Valley Runs Low. The beat opens up and the tempo has a lightness and the backing vocals make this country fueled blues ditty flow from the speakers.

The urban blues and the electric guitar puts you in a spin for You Left Me Nothin’ But The Bill and the Blues, the way we have come to know through albums and live shows. This album ain’t leaving us there, no the next station is Distant Lonesome Train. There is a real urgency and the drums beat out the feeling of the album as we explore the lonesome trail. The driving guitar and keys gives the Lonesome Train a real intensity.

With horns and an easy feel Livin’ Easy takes us back to the time of speakeasies and is redolent of the last in the structure of the melody. Like the rest of the album this penultimate track fits in perfectly. Closing with What I’ve Known For A Long Time a blues number that curls around the journey Joe has shared with you through his music for over an hour. Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of Desperation has hit upon a winning blues drenched formula of delights. Why, the tonal context of plugging into a Fender amp and using the power of his fingers on the six-strings creates a rhythmical sound that drives Bonamassa on an exciting road of twenty-first century blues.

The album is eleven tracks that are about more than the considerable guitar skills of Grammy nominated Joe B. It is about how music and blues-rock musicians reflect back to listeners experiences they can connect to. Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of Desperation has created an album that is drenched in the blues and is a mature reflection of urban twenty-first century blues.

There is a swaggering attitude throughout that adds not a smugness to the production but assuredness of an album that is complete. This is the first time Bluesdoodles has given Joe Bonamassa a 10 this is an inspired album that hit my blues-spot. This is a new approach more muted deeper tones, the result a powerful statement an album with direction and purpose.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation – Mascot Record Label/Provogue Out 25th March 2016

Track Listing

1. This Train
2. Mountain Climbing
3. Drive
4. No Good Place For The Lonely
5. Blues of Desperation
6. The Valleys Run Low
7. You Left Me Nothin’ But The Bill And The Blues
8. Distant Lonesome Train
9. How deep Does This River Run
10. Livin’ Easy
11. What I’ve Known For A Very Long Time

 

Some Facts and then a video for you…

Bonamassa and his long-time producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey) convened at Nashville’s Grand Victor Sound Studios (formerly known as RCA Studio A), and during an intense, five-day period they recorded 11 galvanizing songs with a crack group of musicians including drummers Anton Fig and Greg Morrow, bassist Michael Rhodes, keyboardist Reese Wynans, horn players Lee Thornburg, Paulie Cerra and Mark Douthit, and background singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae and Juanita Tippins.