Just awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the U.K.’s prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, blues-rock guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa is set to release his tenth full-length solo album, BLACK ROCK, on March 22, 2010 On Provogue Records in Europe.

This album was recorded at, and named for, Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece. “With this album, we wanted to explore a ‘world’ feeling, and this was the inspiration behind going to record in Greece and using some of the best Greek musicians to add a little flavor to a couple of the tracks. But it’s by no means a ‘world’ album.
We wanted Joe’s usual youthful and energetic tones to play alongside the worldly vibes of the Greek bouzouki and clarino,” said producer Kevin Shirley. Bonamassa says, “It was the kind of record Kevin and I wanted to make. We needed to rock again a bit like on my first album. I wrote the whole thing there.”

Also Joe signed up Blues legend B.B. King for a duet on his new album. The song they perform together is a rendition of the Willie Nelson-penned song, “Night Life,” which appeared on King’s 1967 album BLUES IS KING. Shirley says about the experience, “This is a rollicking Stonesy-vibe version of the Willie Nelson song on which
B.B. King duets with Joe, both vocally and on his famous Lucille guitar. What a joy and an honor to work with the legend who is possibly the pivot point and unifying musician between Blues and Rock.”

Other tracks appearing on BLACK ROCK include Jeff Beck’s “Spanish Boots,” Leonard Cohen’s poetic “Bird On A Wire,” Otis Rush’s “Three Times A Fool,” Bobby Parker’s “Steal Your Heart Away,” Blind Boy Fuller’s “Baby, You Gotta Change Your Mind,” John Hiatt’s “I Know A Place,” and James Clark’s “Look Over Yonders Wall”, as well as the originals “When The Fire Hits The Sea,” “Quarryman’s Lament,” “Wandering Earth,” “Athens To Athens,” and “Blue and Evil.”

joe bonamassa black rock

Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock
CD | label: Provogue Records “| release date: Marchh 22, 2010

Tracks:
Night Life, featurin BB King (Willie Nelson)
Spanish Boots (Jeff Beck)
Bird On A Wire (Leonard Cohen)
Three Times A Fool (Otis Rush)
Steal Your Heart Away (Bobby Parker)
Baby, You Gotta Change Your Mind (Blind Boy Fuller)
I Know A Place (John Hiatt)
Look Over Yonders Wall (James Clark)
When The Fire Hits The Sea
Quarryman’s Lament
Wandering Earth
Athens To Athens
Blue And Evil

Read also Mix Online’s Review of Joe Bonamassa Upcoming album “Black Rock” for more detailed info about the songs, the guitars used, recording studio, … see : Mix Online

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