Joe Bonamassa “Different Shades of Blue”

Joe Bonamassa has released details about his upcoming album, which is titled Different Shades of Blue, and he has also released the first video for the album:

The album will be released on September 23 and will feature all original material:

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa.

“I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

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Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face Mini

Dunlop and Joe Bonamassa have recently teamed up to create a new, smaller version of Bonamassa’s signature fuzz face, called appropriately enough the Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face mini:

The FFM4 Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face Mini Distortion delivers the same thick, creamy fuzz tones as its big brother but in a much smaller housing with several upgrades for modern convenience. Equipped with NOS Russian military germanium transistors, the FFM4 sports replica top hat knobs and a rich gloss black finish. A bright status LED, an AC power jack, and a battery door bring modern convenience to a classic sound, and like all Fuzz Face pedals, the FFM4 features true bypass switching.

I’ve heard good things about the full-size Bonamassa signature fuzz as well as the fuzz face minis that came out a little while ago, and I’m glad to see them create a smaller version of Bonamassa’s signature fuzz for those of us with pedal board space issues. I’m definitely interested in checking one of these out at some point.


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Gibson Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Skinnerburst 1959 Les Paul


If you’ve been following Joe Bonamassa’s career for the past few years, you probably know that he has amassed a number of original Les Paul bursts in his collection. One of those is a 1959 Les Paul called Skinnerburst (#9-1951). Gibson and Bonamassa have teamed up to create a Custom Shop model based on the Skinnerburst:

Of all of today’s Les Paul-wielding artists Joe Bonamassa is among the most revered, and the astounding 1959 model that he affectionately calls “Principal Skinner” is the most beloved guitar in his extensive collection. Now, following a long-coming collaboration between Joe and Gibson Custom, we are delighted to present “Skinnerburst,” a detail-perfect recreation of what is possibly the hardest working 1959 Les Paul in the world today. Through unrestricted access to the original and Joe’s generous cooperation, Gibson Custom has scanned, studied and measured every spec, curve and parameter of this guitar to bring you an instrument that reproduces this prized ‘burst in every possible way, exactly as it looks, feels, and sounds today.

From its delectably faded Dirty Lemon finish, to its custom-wound humbucking pickups, to its precise top carve and neck profile, the Joe Bonamassa “Skinnerburst” 1959 Les Paul gets you as close as is humanly possible to a priceless artist’s guitar. Historically accurate binding colors, aged cellulose trapezoid inlays, hot-hide glue neck construction, and period-correct hardware all complement a breathtaking rendition of Joe’s constant stage and studio companion. Of 150 guitars hand-aged by unparalleled ageing artist Tom Murphy, 50 will be played and signed by Joe himself; a further 150 will be treated to Gibson Custom’s VOS process, making a Limited Edition of 300 guitars in total.

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Joe Bonamassa’s Advice

Joe Bonamassa, in a recent interview with Epiphone, gives some advice on what it takes to get to the next level in your playing:

Well, you know, I’ve been playing 33 years of my life and every day I wake up and I’m excited about the guitar. I’m excited about playing; I’m excited about the sound of the case latches opening. I always grab for it. Even when I tour a lot and I’m playing a lot on stage, I still practice, even after 33 years. And I think the real key to getting up to that professional level is first you’ve got to love it, and then you have to play. The more times you play live, the more times you play with other musicians, the more recordings you make, the better you’re going to get. It’s just like anything else. The more you do it, the better you’re going to get.

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Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea

I’m not really a cruise type of guy, but I know that a lot of people really enjoy them. If I were a cruise guy, I’d take a look at going on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise next February 17th-21st. The cruise features Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, John Hiatt, Ana Popovic, Robert Randolph, and Joanne Shaw Taylor, with more artists to be announced soon. The cruise departs from Miami and sails to Key West and the Bahamas. Sounds like a fun way to spend five days!

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Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York: Live at the Iridium

You may have heard that Joe Bonamassa has a funk-based side group called Rock Candy Funk Party, which also includes Tal Bergman, Ron DeJesus, Mike Merritt, and Renato Neto. The group released a debut album last year and are set to release a live set next month, on February 25.

The new live set is titled Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York: Live at the Iridium and includes one DVD and two CDs:

DVD Tracklist:

1. Octopus-e
2. Work
3. We Want Groove
4. Heart Beat
5. New York Song
6. Spaztastic
7. Ode To Gee
8. Dope On A Rope
9. Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life
10. Steppin’ In It
11. Mr. Clean
12. One Phone Call

CD Tracklist:

1. Heart Beat
2. New York Song
3. Octopus-e
4. Spaztastic
5. We Want Groove
6. Work

1. Dope On A Rope
2. Mr. Clean
3. Ode To Gee
4. One Phone Call
5. Steppin’ In It
6. The Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life

Check out a preview of the DVD below:

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Black Country Communion To Release Afterglow on October 30

Black Country Communion are set to release their third album, Afterglow, on October 30. Here’s what vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes says about the new release:

In terms of content, Afterglow expands upon the progression that took place between ‘BCC’ and ‘BCC2’. “It’s a deeper album, musically, than our first two albums, but it does not step away from the genre we’re in,” said Hughes, who wrote the bulk of the album’s 11 songs after BCC’s Summer Tour in 2011. “I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two. I wanted to hear more of Derek [Sherinian] and I wanted an angelic side to the vocals as well as the more aggressive one, like on the songs ‘Crawl’ and ‘Midnight Sun’. Above all, I wanted more drama.”

Here is a trailer for the new album:

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Joe Bonamassa “Dislocated Boy” Official Video

Joe Bonamassa and team have released an official music video for the track “Dislocated Boy” off his latest album Driving Towards the Daylight:

In other Bonamassa news, they have released a CD/MP3 double album from his recent run at the Beacon Theater featuring guest spots by Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt, and Beth Hart. I have the DVD that was released from these shows, and it’s a really solid collection of songs with Bonamassa playing at the top of his game.

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Joe Bonamassa – European Rig Tour

Joe Bonamassa gives Guitarist Magazine’s Mick Taylor a tour of his current European rig:

UPDATE: Unfortunately, it looks like Guitarist Magazine has taken down the full version and replaced the video with a preview. I’ve added the preview to this post.

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Joe Bonamassa Live at the Beacon Theatre DVD Trailer

Joe Bonamassa and team have published an official trailer for his upcoming DVD release Live at the Beacon Theatre, which you can now pre-order on Joe’s site. The concert was filmed this past November and features guest spots by Beth Hart, John Hiatt, and Paul Rodgers. As a Free fan, I’m particularly interested in seeing Joe and Paul Rodgers performing together. Check out the trailer below:

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