Joe Bonamassa // A New Day Now 20th Anniversary Edition // Album Review
Joe Bonamassa // A New Day Now 20th Anniversary Edition // Album Review 9
Joe Bonamassa // A New Day Now 20th Anniversary Edition // Album Review 9
Joe Bonamassa // A New Day Now 20th Anniversary Edition // Album Review 9
Joe Bonamassa // A New Day Now 20th Anniversary Edition // Album Review 9
Joe Bonamassa // A New Day Now 20th Anniversary Edition // Album Review 9
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Joe Bonamassa re-issues a remastered , re-sung and revamped version of his groundbreaking debut album A New Day Now this coming Friday, August 7th. You may wonder why an artists would do such a thing, a re-issue of a debut album celebrating its anniversary is nothing strange, remastered for sure, remixed, but re-sung? Well I have often wondered how artists look back at their early work and wonder do they harbour a desire to get back into a studio and take a second shot at them. As long time producer Kevin Shirley says “as time has gone by, Joe’s vocal style, particularly, has changed enormously. He’s grown from an adolescent shouter to a very mature and soulful singer. From early on in our working relationship, Joe has mentioned that he would really like to have another shot at those vocals, and asked that if he did redo them, would I remix his first solo album.”

Bonamassa doesn’t really receive credit for his vocal quality nearly enough, it is a mesmerising thing watching him live bellowing out vocals runs so effortlessly and then rip into a blistering guitar solo without breaking a sweat. His mastery over both the guitar and his vocals are second to none. So with this debut album reborn out of a passion to pull it out of the shadows and place it agains his more recent work you can understand Joe’s logic. This album may be a twenty year old project but the songwriting is as remarkable as the current crop, possibly a slightly more aggressive Bonamassa, a six-string slinger looking to make an impression and what an impression it made. Bonamassa never looked back, and with that came an onslaught of timeless recordings, solo albums, collaborations with some of the industry’s finest musicians and an inspirational innovator within the genre who paved a wave for many an artist to try and replicate, through a desire to remain independent and control his own fate. An amazing story in this crazy modern day industry where so many quality artists just never get the break they deserve. 

So what do you get here for your hard earned cash, if you are a long-term Bonamassa fan you’ll appreciate the remastered recording in its fine sonic glory, Bonamassa’s vocals hit the mark with the re-sung versions to give you that contemporary flavour, and of course the guitar work is just sublime. For you new kids on the block who may have only got into Joe mid way through his bruising career or via one of his collaborations with Beth Hart or Black Country Communion this album will give you the best of both worlds, early Joe on steroids.

Well worth robbing the kids money bank for A New Day Now (2020) is a timely reminder of just how good baby Bonamassa was, and just how scarily good big boy Bonamassa is now. 

Here’s to many more years of the same. 

A New Day Now is out Friday, August 7th via Provogue Records/J&R Adventures

 

To keep up with everything Bonamassa, visit jbonamassa.com, and be sure to stay connected on social media.

 

1. Cradle Rock

 2. Walk In My Shadows

 3. A New Day Yesterday

 4. I Know Where I Belong 

 5. Miss You, Hate You

 6. Nuthin’ I Wouldn’t Do (For A Woman Like You)

 7. Colour And Shape

 8. Headaches And Heartbreaks (remixing)

 9. Troubled Waiting

 10. If Heartaches Were Nickels (remixing)

 11. Current Situation

 12. Don’t Burn Down That Bridge

 BONUS TRACKS

 13. Hey Mona

 14. I Want You

 15. Line Of Denial

 

In prior months, Bonamassa was touring relentlessly, up until coronavirus took its hold on the music industry, stopping him just short of a few final dates on his spring tour in the U.S.  To battle the tough times brought on by COVID-19, Bonamassa’s non-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (KTBA) is providing financial support to qualifying touring musicians who are suffering financial hardship and whose careers have been put on hold. The program, called Fueling Musicians, is an emergency relief program designed to support musicians by providing immediate cash payments for essential living expenses of $1,000, as well as pre-paid gas cards of $500 to help them stay afloat and get back on the road again when it is safe. With $270,000 raised to date, Bonamassa surpassed his personal goal of $250,000. “The more money raised means more musicians will receive funding to help them get through these challenging times and ultimately back onto the road when the time is right,” Bonamassa says. On May 31, he launched an online stream-a-thon benefit for the program, featuring over FIVE hours of music performances from over 50 musicians including some legendary friends and talented rising stars. The full concert event can be streamed in full here. Individuals or organizations interested in helping Joe support this program should go the Keeping the Blues Alive website, ktba.org or ktba.org/fueling-musicians.

To keep up with everything Bonamassa, visit jbonamassa.com, and be sure to stay connected on social media.

 

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