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4th April 2012

joe bonamassa

Internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa is pleased to announce that his lucky 13th studio album, 'Driving Towards The Daylight' will be released in the UK on Monday 21st May by Provogue Records.

Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas, NV, 'Driving Towards The Daylight' is a balanced and back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa's signature style of blues, roots, and rock n' roll.

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'Driving Towards The Daylight' was produced by Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley (Iron Maiden, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), making this Bonamassa and Shirley's seventh album collaboration in six years.

"We've taken some really traditional old blues songs – the Howlin' Wolf song 'Who's Been Talkin'' and Robert Johnson's 'Stones In My Passway'" says Shirley, "and we've tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context. It's a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It's vibrant and it's gutsy and it's really, really rugged."

To move Joe out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was assembled, including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford (guitar), Blondie Chaplin (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Whitford's son Harrison Whitford (guitar).

Brad Whitford, speaking from the studio in Vegas, said: "This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early 60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we'll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway."

The album features five Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener 'Dislocated Boy', the road warrior's title track 'Driving Towards The Daylight', 'I Got All You Need', 'Heavenly Soul', and 'Somewhere Trouble Don't Go'.

Other tracks include Bonamassa's versions of Tom Waits' 'New Coat Of Paint', Bill Withers' 'Lonely Town Lonely Street', and Bernie Marsden's 'A Place In My Heart'. On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit 'Too Much Ain't Enough Love'.

Premiering today, and continuing each week for ten episodes is 'Countdown To Daylight', the new reality series of 3-4 minute webisodes, featuring interviews with Joe and his band as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording 'Driving Towards The Daylight' in the studio. Tune in every Friday for a new episode on Joe's official YouTube channel.

Currently available on DVD and Blu-ray is 'Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live From New York', which showcases a stunning sold-out two-night performance at New York City's legendary Beacon Theatre, recorded in November 2011.


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