JOE BONAMASSA to release 'Blues Deluxe Vol. 2' in October
Releases single "Twenty-Four Hour Blues"
Twenty years since the release of his best-selling album “Blues Deluxe”, which celebrated what the U.S. government had declared “the year of the blues” with a mix of originals and reinterpretations of classic songs, Joe Bonamassa is taking stock of how far he and the genre have come with “Blues Deluxe Vol. 2”, out October 6 via J&R Adventures. Featuring two new originals and eight new covers spanning some of the most important names in the blues — from Bobby “Blue” Bland and Peter Green‘s FLEETWOOD MAC to Albert King — “Blues Deluxe 2” finds Bonamassa returning to his roots and giving new life to the classic tracks that have informed his own artistry.
To mark the announcement, Bonamassa has released the album’s latest single, “Twenty-Four Hour Blues”, a blistering reinterpretation of Bobby “Blue” Bland‘s classic track, featured on one of Bonamassa‘s favorite albums of all time, “Dreamer”. The new version features one of Bonamassa‘s best-ever vocals and guitar solos. “The outro guitar solo is incredible,” Smith comments. “It happened live on the floor and has some deep lines you’ve probably never heard Joe play before. The band is absolutely smoking, and Calvin Turner did an incredible string and horn arrangement. Super proud of this one.”
“If you had told me 20 years ago my career would last long enough to see the 20th anniversary of this little record called ‘Blues Deluxe’, I’m sure I would have laughed,” Bonamassa reflects. “‘Blues Deluxe’ was my last shot after being dropped by two major record labels and my booking agent. It was then that my manager, Roy Weisman, had his first ‘all-in’ moment. We would go back into the studio and record. A record that would hopefully define the direction of whatever future career I might have.
“On ‘Blues Deluxe Vol. 2’, I asked my great friend Josh Smith to produce a record to be a companion to the anniversary edition of the first album, and hopefully demonstrate a bit of how I have progressed over the last 20 years,” Bonamassa adds. “The contrast between a cocky 26-year-old and an established 46-year-old is considerable. Does the fire still burn like it did? Am I still playing hungry? Am I even good enough to pay tribute to my heroes all over again? The answer lies somewhere in this album.”
Smith states: “When Joe asked me to produce ‘Blues Deluxe Vol. 2’, I knew immediately what I wanted to accomplish. I wanted the fans to hear the completely natural, relaxed Joe that I hear when we are just goofing around playing guitars. He really was in the moment and feeling completely supported and I know that he really ‘went for it’ on everything.”
“Blues Deluxe Vol. 2” track listing:
01. Twenty-Four Hour Blues (originally performed by Bobby “Blue” Bland)
02. It’s Hard But It’s Fair (originally performed by Bobby Parker)
03. Well, I Done Got Over It (originally performed by Guitar Slim)
04. I Want to Shout About It (originally performed by RONNIE EARLE & THE BROADCASTERS)
05. Win-O (originally performed by Pee Wee Crayton)
06. Hope You Realize It (Goodbye Again) (original song written by Joe Bonamassa & Tom Hambridge)
07. Lazy Poker Blues (originally performed by FLEETWOOD MAC)
08. You Sure Drive A Hard Bargain (originally performed by Albert King)
09. The Truth Hurts (feat. Kirk Fletcher and Josh Smith) (originally performed by Kenny Neal)
10. Is It Safe To Go Home (original song written by Josh Smith)