Blues rock icon Joe Bonamassa announces his long-awaited new record “Royal Tea” which was recorded in Abbey Road studios and released on October 23rd!
The wait is over, Joe Bonamassa’s new studio album Royal Tea which was recorded in Abbey Road studios will be released on the 23rd October at J&R Adventures / Mascot Label Group. Bonamassa also gave his fans a surprise last Friday the new song Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye. Bonamassa is known for taking risks and trying new tricks, but now he has found a new way to surprise his fans. Royal Tea takes him back to the starting point. “This adventure,” Joe admits, “was on my to-do list.”
The record reunites the 43-year-old with the young guitarist from the state of New York who discovered records with the Jeff Beck Group, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton and Cream in his dad’s vinyl collection. The British blues boom shaped him into who he is today. “I was probably 12 years old and that was what I heard in my head so it felt like “Ok, I’m in. This is what I want to do. ” The ten songs were all written by Joe and a handful of others such as the former guitarist in Whitesnake, Bernie Marsden, Creams former lyricist Pete Brown and crown jewel and pianist Jools Holland. “Writing the record in London was just right,” says Bonamassa and thinks back. “It sounds really British. Bernie and I fill in each other’s sentences. We are of the same scrap and barley. Bonamassa’s producer for many years, Kevin Shirley and Joe’s touring band, which includes Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass) and Reese Wynans (keyboards), were flown in for the recordings.
Co-writing “Royal Tea” with a cast of homegrown notables including former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, ex-Cream lyricist Pete Brown and national-treasure piano man Jools Holland – not to mention trolleydashing Denmark Street’s guitar shops for British-made amps – only added to the vibe. “Writing this record in London has done its job,” reflects Bonamassa. “It really does sound inherently British. Bernie and I, we finish each other’s sentences. We’re cut from the same cloth. One of the things about Bernie is, I just have to ask him, ‘What would the British do?’ He had all of those chord changes. And I’m like, ‘Ah, that’s the sound’. And then you get all of these tunes…”
- When One Door Opens
- Royal Tea
- Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye
- Lookout Man
- High Class Girl
- A Conversation With Alice
- I Didn’t Think She Would Do It
- Beyond The Silence
- Lonely Boy