Title - 'Royal Tea'
Artist - Joe Bonamassa
If you know anything about Joe Bonamassa - the post-millennium's breakout bluesman/pre-eminent Anglophile - you'll know that a lifelong ambition is to blow the roof off Abbey Road!
Ergo, his brand new album Royal Tea brings Bonamassa full circle, and with the backdrop of Abbey Road demanded British Blues, he is found here reconnecting with the guitar-slinging kid who stumbled across Jeff Beck Group, John Mayall, Cream, etc. in his dad's vinyl collection.
Co-written by notables like ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, ex-Cream lyricist Pete Brown, and UK national-treasure, piano man Jools Holland (Squeeze), Royal Tea (due out October 23rd, 2020 via J&R Adventures) is a simply stunning, 10-track blues fest that was also recorded at, where else, the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
1. 'When One Door Opens'
2. 'Royal Tea'
3. 'Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye'
4. 'Lookout Man'
5. 'High Class Girl'
6. 'A Conversation With Alice'
7. 'I Didn't Think She Would Do It'
8. 'Beyond The Silence'
9. 'Lonely Boy'
Opening with the longest track on the album, the deeply, and resonantly thunderous 'When One Door Opens,' that's followed by the slow roll storytelling of the title track 'Royal Tea,' the simply stunning, deeply yearning, balladeering orchestrations of the lead single 'Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye,' the massive sound of 'Lookout Man,' and then the down South, slow poke shuffle of 'High Class Girl.'
Up next is the mid-tempo hipsway of 'A Conversation With Alice,' one of my own personal favorites, the free flowing, Hendrix-esque majesty of 'I Didn't Think She Would Do it,' then we get the quietly atmospheric ambiance of 'Beyond The Silence,' before rounding out on the upbeat and funky 'Lonely Boy' (no, it has nothing to do with Andrew Gold), closing on the foot-tappin' elegance of the beautiful 'Savannah.'
Bonamassa is known for taking risks and venturing into uncharted territory throughout his wide-ranging career but now he has found a new way to surprise his fans and music lovers.
Royal Tea brings Bonamassa full-circle. “This whole adventure,” admits Joe, “was a bucket-list thing for me.”
This album reconnects the 43-year-old with the guitar-slinging kid from upstate New York, who, as aforementioned, stumbled across the best of British blues music in his dad’s vinyl collection – whose influences have shaped him to be the player he is today. "I would have been about twelve years old, and it was the sound I heard in my head. Like, ‘OK, I’m in. That’s what I want to be’.”
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