JOE BONAMASSA - Redemption



Joe Bonamassa releases his new studio album Redemption on Friday 21st September. Pre-order:  


One name synonymous to Blues-Rock is Joe Bonamassa and his new album ‘Redemption’ is released on 21st September via Provogue /Mascot Label Group in Europe and J&R Adventures in North America.


This album will be his  13th studio album and is packed full of new tunes.  Joe says of the album, “I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through. It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful, but knowing that there’s a rising coming,” he explains.   The album was recorded at various locations including Nashville, Sydney, Las Vegas and Miami with stellar musicians including drummer Anton Fig, bass player Michael Rhodes, keyboardist Reece Wynans, horns, Lee Thornburg and Paulie Cerra, harmony vocalist, Gary Pinto, backing singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade McRae, Juanita Tippins and extra guitar players, Kenny Greenberg and Doug Lancio.


Joe says, “I really feel the new material is deeper, lyrically and musically!  We try to get a little deeper every time we come out”.  This is very much how it comes across to me as a listener.


‘Redemption’ opens with a track now receiving extensive airplay, ‘Evil Mama’.  It’s funky, groove ridden, up-tempo and packed with every drop of goodness that is a constituent of modern day blues rock.  ‘King Bee Shakedown’ has an old school rock and roll feel, big band vibes and a foot frenzy melody.


‘Molly O’ opens with the sound of waves lapping the shoreline as it bursts in to life with  some seriously delicious rock riffs.  Repeating chords and a singing guitar solo diving from low and grimy to high and clean. Hugely catchy hooks, an earworm of a chorus packed out with layers of vocals,  it has a distinct flavour of his more recent work with Black Country Communion

‘Deep In The Blues Again’ does what the title describes. We are very much deep in the blues with smoking riffs, twanging strings and a big vocal. 


‘Self-Inflicted Wounds’ is something pretty special from the melody to the lyrics, this is a song written from the heart as emotions flood out from Bonamassa’s guitar and from his vocal making it feel very raw and real.  The slower pace gives it a melancholy edge reflected by the lyrics. Beautifully arranged with layers of vocals bringing the song to a big and goose bump causing guitar solo which has added guitar harmonies adding yet another layer of intricacy and energy.  An absolutely stunning track.  


‘Pick Up the Pieces’, shuffling blues with some jazz, piano passages and a good dose of saxophone transports me to the smoke-filled saloons.  The contrast between this track and the previous is testament to the talent Bonamassa has with his song-writing. 


‘The Ghost of Macon James’ has yet another vibe in the style stakes erring on the side of classic blues with a storytelling duel vocal which Bonamassa shares with Jamey Johnson. 


‘Just Because You Can Don’t Mean You Should’ is another classic feeling blues rock track.  The horns fill out the music to a veritable feast, underpinning the vocals and allowing the guitar solos to forge through to the top.  Another wonderfully arranged track.  ‘Redemption’ opens with a blue grass guitar before the stomping tempo kicks in and the song becomes so much more through the layers of vocals and smoking hot riffs.


‘I’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters’ continues the country feel with the  slide guitar and easy lyrics  before ‘Stronger Now In Broken Places’  removes the other tracks from your mind and brings in the clarity and beauty of Bonamassa’s acoustic playing with lyrics full of reflection.  I didn’t think Bonamassa could surprise me after all these albums, but you know what? He has, this is so delicate and emotive, it is in a class all of its own.

‘Love Is A Gamble’ is stoked out with guitar magic from Bonamassa, very much a typical Bonamassa track, it has its feet firmly rooted in the blues with horns, keys and smoking hot riffs.  Marvellous!


 ‘Redemption’ has got some stand out tracks, many classic feeling tracks and some quirky ones.  It has bucket loads of melody,  catchy lyrics, an holistic magnificence of blues-complete with the  addition of a horns section and backing vocals, which enhance many of the tracks turning them into something rather good.  I love this album for the variety in the writing with the styles of the songs and without a doubt it is fabulously well produced.  Another Joe Bonamassa album to add to any Blues /rock fans collection.


 ‘Redemption’ Track list:

1 Evil Mama

2 King Bee Shakedown

3 Molly O'

4 Deep In The Blues Again

5 Self-Inflicted Wounds

6 Pick Up The Pieces

7 The Ghost Of Macon Jones

8 Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should

9 Redemption

10 I've Got Some Mind Over What Matters

11 Stronger Now In Broken Places

12 Love Is A Gamble



Joe Bonamassa releases his new studio album Redemption on Friday 21st September. Pre-order:

He will play the Plymouth Pavilions on Thursday 11th October, the Nottingham Arena on Friday 12th  October and the Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday 13th October.






SEC Armadillo, Glasgow                                Monday 22 April 2019

The Royal Albert Hall, London                    Wednesday 24 April 2019

The Royal Albert Hall, London                    Thursday 25 April 2019

The Royal Albert Hall, London                    Friday 26 April 2019




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