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Joe Bonamassa — An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House [2CDs] (2013)

 Joe Bonamassa — An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House [2CDs] (2013)

Joe Bonamassa — An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House [2CDs]
Born: May 8, 1977, New Hartford, New York, United States
Genres: Blues rock, hard rock, rock and roll
Occupations: Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, theremin, mandolin, dobro, banjo
Notable instruments: Gibson Les Paul/Gibson ES335/Fender Stratocaster/Fender Telecaster/Gibson Flying V
Location: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Album release: March 26, 2013
Record Label: J&R Adventures
Duration:     51:38 + 49:29 (101:07)
01. Arrival     (2:05)
02. Palm Trees, Helicopters And Gasoline     (2:17)
03. Jelly Roll     (2:41)
04. Dust Bowl     (5:17)
05. Around The Bend     (6:06)
06. Slow Train     (6:37)
07. Athens To Athens     (5:45)
08. From The Valley     (2:20)
09. The Ballad Of John Henry     (7:18)
10. Dislocated Boy     (5:55)
11. Driving Towards The Daylight     (5:17)
01. High Water Everywhere     (4:36)
02. Jockey Full Of Bourbon     (5:27)
03. Richmond     (5:08)
04. Stones In My Passway     (4:04)
05. Ball Peen Hammer     (3:35)
06. Black Lung Heartache     (3:57)
07. Mountain Time     (3:33)
08. Woke Up Dreaming     (5:36)
09. Sloe Gin     (7:17)
10. Seagull     (6:16)
Clay "Big Sexy" Allen  Tour Manager
Joe Bonamassa  Composer, Liner Notes, Primary Artist
Jeff Bova  Composer, Orchestration
Erin Cook  Public Relations
Jay Deachman  Percussion Technician
Justin Duguid  Lighting Design
Bob Ezrin  Composer
Mike Hickey  Guitar Technician
Mike Himelstein  Composer
Will Jennings  Composer
Michael Jensen  Public Relations
Robert Johnson  Composer
Michael Kamen  Composer
Philippe Klose  Photography
Danny Kortchmar  Composer
Jared Kvitka  Engineer
John Martyn  Composer
Colin Moody  Instrument Technician
Matt Naylor  Monitor Engineer
Neil O'Brien  Booking
Charley Patton  Composer
Mick Ralphs  Composer
Eric Roa  Engineer, Production Manager
Paul Rodgers  Composer
Pete Sangha  Booking
Kevin Shirley  Composer, Mixing, Producer
Marcus Sweeney-Bird  Photography
Tom Waits  Composer
Roy Weisman  Executive Producer
Chris Whitley  Composer
Bob Witt  Merchandising
Leon Zervos  Mastering
Website: http://jbonamassa.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jbonamassa

  © Photo credit: Rob Shanahan
√  "Like you ve never heard him before. As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, and his latest project, the live acoustic 2-disc CD/DVD/Blu-ray Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (J&R Adventures) captures the magnetism and maturity Bonamassa showcases as an artist. Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, to be released in March 2013, was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House last July during a very special two-week long unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from his predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.Produced by long-time collaborator Kevin Shirley, Joe is supported on his vintage acoustic instruments by an eclectic assortment of craftsmen from around the globe. They include: Gerry O Connor, a music historian and traditional Irish fiddler from many generations of Irish music, on Irish fiddle, mandolin, and Irish banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester will play the Nyckelharpa, a Swedish keyed-fiddle; Los Angeles keyboard maestro Arlan Schierbaum, whose extensive recording career focuses on organic instruments, plays accordions, celeste, toy pianos, and more; and legendary Puerto Rican percussionist, Lenny Castro, whose works spans genres and reads like a who's who of artists, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, Toto, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Avenged Sevenfold, Little Feat, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more."
√  Le virtuose du blues rock électrique a choisi de prendre quelques guitares acoustiques dans ses bagages lors d'une mini tournée européenne... Ce concert a été enregistré a l'opéra de Vienne.
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√  He elaborated further on his influences in his interview:
√  "You know, my heroes were the Columbine guys – Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Eric Clapton. There’s so many - there’s Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher – another Irish musician who played the same things, but don’t tell him that. But those guys were my guys – Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. There’s a certain sophistication to their approach to the blues that I really like, more so than the American blues that I was listening to. B. B. King’s a big influence – he’s probably my biggest traditional influence. I love Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker and stuff like that, but I couldn’t sit down… I was always forcing myself to listen to whole records by them, where I’d rather listen to Humble Pie do "I'm Ready" than Muddy Waters, you know? I think, the English interpretation of the blues just hit me a lot better, you know?"
√  And in his October 2008 interview with Express & Star:
√  “When I heard Kossoff playing "Mr. Big" and when I heard Clapton playing "Crossroads" and when I heard Rory Gallagher playing "Cradle Rock", I was like, 'This is way cooler'.... "British blues are my thing. When I heard Rod Stewart and the Jeff Beck Group singing "Let Me Love You", it changed my life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Those are my influences".
Solo studio albums:
√  A New Day Yesterday (2000)
√  So, It's Like That (2002)
√  Blues Deluxe (2003)
√  Had to Cry Today (2004)
√  You & Me (2006)
√  Sloe Gin (2007)
√  The Ballad of John Henry (2009)
√  Black Rock (2010)
√  Dust Bowl (2011)
√  Driving Towards the Daylight (2012)
Review by Stephen Thomas  (Editor rating: ***½)
√  Erlewine He has a following in the United States, but over in Europe Joe Bonamassa's star shines so bright he can headline Vienna Music Hall, a gorgeous opera house traditionally housing the Vienna Philharmonic. It's a large venue and one that conveys class, so Bonamassa has indeed gone the classy route here, choosing to dedicate his concert to "An Acoustic Evening," an event then documented on the 2013 live DVD/CD set An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (the set is available in various permutations of DVD, BluRay, CD). Bonamassa didn't take this task lightly. He's supported by four musicians, all playing a variety of old-timey acoustic instruments (banjo, fiddle, harmonium, mandola, and, naturally, nyckelharpa), surrounded himself with ten acoustic guitars and dobro, and plays a marathon set list of 20 songs. All this space does indeed give Bonamassa ample space to demonstrate he's skilled at being more than just a jacked-up electric blues guitarist splicing together strands of SRV and Clapton. He sounds comfortable in this setting, perhaps even a little liberated, turning his songs into country-blues and backporch stomps. There are enough new colors and textures to turn the ear of skeptics who may get a little weary of Bonamassa's never-ending string of releases (at least two a year every year of the 2010s, so far), but the concert itself is also in danger of being too much of a good thing, lasting almost two hours in its DVD/BluRay incarnation (and both have additional hour-long making-of documentaries). The CD is shorter and contains judiciously selected highlights so the casual fans can turn there, but really, anybody who is a serious Bonamassa head will not be disappointed with this acoustic concert, which offers more different and interesting sounds than any other previous Bonamassa album.

Joe Bonamassa — An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House [2CDs] (2013)