Dion // 'Blues With Friends’ // Album Review
Dion // 'Blues With Friends’ // Album Review 8
Dion // 'Blues With Friends’ // Album Review 8
Dion // 'Blues With Friends’ // Album Review 8
Dion // 'Blues With Friends’ // Album Review 8
Dion // 'Blues With Friends’ // Album Review 8
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Legendary 60’s guitarist and singer-songwriter Dion releases his new album Blues With Friends on Joe Bonamassa’s new label KTBA Records Friday, June 5th. The infamous guitarist is joined by a host of friends from the music world who crosses many genres to add their little bot of sparkle to this fine recording. Fourteen tracks interlaced with the magic of Dion and brought to life further by the majesty touch or sublime guitar players such as Bonamassa himself or the vocal delights of the likes of Paul Simon. 

The opening track ‘Blues Comin’ On’ with Bonamassa at his side, slide guitar majesty and a catchy tune gets the album off to a one start, one of six singles to be released from the album and a fine teaser to what the album is all about. “Kickin’ Child” (with Joe Menza) is up next and has a feel-good vibe and swagger about the tune that will have the tequila flowing ion no time. Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats rides with Dion on “Uptown Number 7” a dark old-time feel to this track is perfect for Setzer’s vibe.“Can’t Start Over Again” (with Jeff Beck) slows the game down and Becks signature sound cuts through and add’s that little bit of magic to an already classy tune. 

Dion’s Blues With Friends represents the fulfillment of a lifelong vision. Dion explains the album’s impetus, “I wanted an album of songs that were strong and memorable and told stories that were worth telling.” His songwriting efforts were supported by a cadre of great players, each of whom jumped at the chance to collaborate with a music legend they think of in heroic terms. He’s quick to point out just how enduring this creative relationship has been, “The blues have been at the

heart of my music since the early 1960s. ‘The Wanderer’ is a twelve-bar blues and I was covering Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed in my early years at Columbia — much to the dismay of my corporate masters.” That’s the way it’s long been for the man Lou Reed inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than thirty years ago. That night the normally taciturn Reed exalted,

“And then there was Dion — whose voice was unlike any other I had heard before — a voice that stood on its own, remarkable and unmistakably from New York. Bronx soul.”

Jon Hammond Jnr on Harmonica lights up “My Baby Loves to Boogie” whilst Irelands own Van Morrison joins Joe Louis Walker on guitar for “I Got Nothin’”. The quality of the musicians assembled takes the breath away as each brings their signature sound to Dion’s recordings. None other than the mighty Billy F. Gibbons joins Dion on “Bam Bang Boom” whilst the glorious Sonny Landreth is up next on “I Got the Cure” and let’s not forget the infamous Paul Simon on“ Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America)”. Samantha Fish, Steve Van Zant and the little known Bruce Springsteen with Patti Scialfa on vocals wrap up a fine album. 

A passion project dripping in quality and one to be cherished. 


Dion Blues With Friends is out this coming Friday, June 5th via KTBA Records.


Blues With Friends is available for Pre-Order worldwide at: KTBArecords.com

Stream “Blues Comin’ On” Now HERE

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