Platinum selling and Grammy nominated blues-rock sensation, Joe Bonamassa graced the stage at New York City’s iconic Carnegie Hall on January 21-22nd 2016. A recording of his performance was produced across both dates for his upcoming CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Vinyl release set for Friday 23rd June, “Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening”.
Playing alongside Joe Bonamassa is world-class cellist, Tina Guo who has worked on global blockbuster soundtracks such as ‘Inception’ and ‘Hancock’, and she has also worked alongside music maestro Hans Zimmer. Also, featured in the line-up is the multi-talented Eric Bazilian on the mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar and vocals. Reese Wynans on piano and Anton Fig on the Drums. The backing vocals were comprised of Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins and Gary Pinto. The set featured fresh acoustic arrangements of some much-loved songs as well as an exclusive first performance of some brand-new material. Bonamassa comments: “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.
The evening begun with a stunning piano introduction that was met with a huge round of applause. No other track could make a much more perfect choice to open a world class blues performance than ‘This Train’, singing about escapism and travel, both of which are traditional themes of the genre harking back to the root of the blues.
The next track to be performed is ‘Drive’, which exudes a sense of freedom through the sound of the hurdy-gurdy producing an atmospheric cultural feel to the sound of the song. The third track of the performance, features female backing vocals beautifully harmonising to accompany Joe Bonamassa’s vocal sections on ‘The Valley Runs Low’.
Classic fan favourite ‘Dust Bowl’, carried a tribal feel and superb rhythm produced by the nine-piece acoustic band accompanying Joe Bonamassa on this exemplary performance. The Delta blues rung through ‘Black Lung Heartache’, with the introduction of the slide guitar performed to an exceptional standard and the accompaniment of the cello and female-backing vocals brought a depth and meaning to the whole piece.
The beautiful lyrical content, ‘She’s as sweet as honeysuckle’, can be heard throughout ‘Mountain Time’. A much more mellow piece creating an excited and supportive crowd response.A phenomenal performance was given for ‘Woke up Dreaming’, in which Beethoven’s ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ echoed throughout the introduction and it was met with a well-deserved roar from the crowd. The evening ended with a remarkable delivery of ‘The Rose’, in which Joe Bonamassa introduced all the band members to a huge round of applause.
This is an outstanding live performance produced by nine world class musicians who gave the audience a night to remember. Worthy of a full five stars the CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Vinyl, “Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening”, will be released on Friday 23rd June on The Mascott Record Label Via Provogue and you can pre-order it now from jbonamassa.com.
“JOE BONAMASSA LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL – AN ACOUSTIC EVENING” – TRACKLISTING
1. This Train
3. The Valley Runs
4. Dust Bowl
5. Driving Towards The Daylight
6. Black Lung Heartache
7. Blue And Evil
8. Livin’ Easy
9. 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
15. The Rose
Review By Cerys Keen
Photography By Christie Goodwin