Title - 'Redemption'
Artist - Joe Bonamassa
For those not in the know, Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.
When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached #1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
Bonamassa has played alongside such artists as Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Foreigner, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, Solomon Hicks,and Derek Trucks among others.
His career highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. He is also known for his enormous collection of guitars and related gear.
In addition to his music career, Joe Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organization called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission it is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need.
Redemption is Bonamassa's 13th solo studio album and third in a row of all original material and sees him at his most ambitious and diverse yet as he continues to redefine and push the barriers of blues-rock.
1. 'Evil Mama'
2. 'King Bee Shakedown'
3. 'Holly O',br>
4. 'Deep In The Blues Again'
5. 'Self-Inflicted Wounds'
6. 'Pick Up The Pieces'
7. 'Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should'
10. 'I've Got Some Mind Over What Matters'
11. 'Stronger Now In Broken Places'
12. 'Love Is A Gamble'
Released this past September 21st, 2018 via J&R Adventures, it features a collection of 12 exhilarating songs that reflect the re-birth that he is currently going through.
You see the real shades of light and dark, for every trip into the tender depths of emotion there are some glorious hip shaking moments of joy and all the while accompanied by supreme musicianship and Bonamassa’s masterful and rich guitar playing.
Perhaps none more so than the brilliant opener 'Evil Mama,' a cut that I could listen to over and over (and over). That's backed by both the southern hipsway rock of 'King Bee Shakedown' and then the quite stunning 'Holly O.'
'Deep In The Blues Again' is a track, from start to finish, that's as you would expect it to be and that's followed by the soft and sweet guitar ballad 'Self-Inflicted Wounds.' Next up is the drinking song 'Pick Up The Pieces,' and then comes one of my own personal favorites, the jaunty beauty 'The Ghost of Macon Jones.'
Bonamassa then unleashes the first real guitar blues rock track, 'Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should,' which is yet another stand out cut and that's backed by the slow burn title track, 'Redemption.'
The fun and bouncy 'I've Got Some Mind Over What Matters' is then backed by the delicate ballad 'Stronger Now In Broken Places,' with this highly impressive album coming to a close with the old school blues jam 'Love Is A Gamble.'
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