New Release: Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

On January 21st and 22nd 2016, world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy nominated Blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed 2 unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The performances were filmed and made into “Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall –An Acoustic Evening”. It was released on Double CD, Double DVD, Blu-ray and 3-LP Vinyl on June 23rd 2017.

The concert was part of a special all-acoustic experimental tour and featured an all-star ensemble of world-class musicians. Acclaimed Chinese cellist and erhuist Tina Guo, whose repertoire stretches from classical to heavy metal; and Hossam Ramzy, the Egyptian percussionist and composer, who has performed on dozens of film soundtracks and records, including on Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s No Quarter: Unledded Tour.

The band line-up also included Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (Drums) Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian backing vocalists, Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto.

“Despite being among the most ambitious things I’ve done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show.”  ~ Joe Bonamassa.

[photo credit: Christie Goodwin]

The DVD version also includes a short documentary of behind-the-scenes interviews with all of the artists involved in the project. I found it fascinating that none of the musicians had ever met before getting together to plan for the concert just a couple of weeks in advance. The performance is brilliant. I would never have guessed that there was not much practice behind it. Joe Bonamassa played a collection of old and new songs, accompanied by the very talented musicians that were picked for this special event.

Track listing:

01. This Train
02. Drive
03. The Valley Runs Low
04. Dust Bowl
05. Driving Towards The Daylight
06. Black Lung Heartache
07. Blue And Evil
08. Livin’ Easy
09. Get Back My Tomorrow
10. Mountain Time
11. How Can A poor Man Stand Such
Times And Live?
12. Song Of Yesterday
13. Woke Up Dreaming
14. Hummingbird
15. The Rose

The addition of so many experienced musicians from around the world, all with different musical backgrounds, and with many interesting instruments being used, gives a world music vibe to the blues/acoustic performance. I enjoyed watching the DVD.

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About Joe Bonamassa:

As Joe Bonamassa enters his 27th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 22 solo albums in the last 15 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. His 2016 album Live At The Greek was nominated for a Blues Album GRAMMY®. The album was also the 17th he had a #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist).

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