The January 2010 issue of Mix magazine features an article about the making of Joe Bonamassa’s upcoming album Black Rock, which will be released on March 9, 2010. The article discusses how Bonamassa came to record the album in Greece at Black Rock Studios, which is where the title of the album comes from. The article also talks about how producer Kevin Shirley pushes Bonamassa out of his comfort zone. For example, during the recording process, Shirley put aside the Les Pauls that Bonamassa typically favors and just recorded Joe playing a Telecaster directly into an amplifier with no effects in between. I hope some of these recordings end up on the final album! Shirley also recorded Joe playing with some Greek musicians, which he says helped introduce some new elements to Bonamassa’s music. They liked recording the album at Black Rock so much that they’re playing on returning to record their next album there. Read the full article online here.
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