Internationally renowned Guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa is pleased to announce that his lucky 13th studio album “Driving Towards The Daylight” will be released on Monday, May 21st by Provogue Records.
Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas, NV, Driving Towards The Daylight is a balanced and back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa’s signature style of Blues, Roots, and Rock & Roll.
Driving Towards The Daylight was produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), making this Bonamassa and Shirley’s seventh album collaboration in six years.
To move Joe out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was assembled. Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford on guitar, Blondie Chaplin on guitar, Anton Fig on drums and percussion, Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards, Michael Rhodes on bass, Carmine Rojas on bass, Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall on guitar, and Whitford’s son Harrison Whitford on guitar.
We’ve taken some really traditional old blues songs – the Howlin Wolf song “Who’s Been Talkin” and Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway,” says Shirley, and we’ve tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context. It’s a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It’s vibrant and it’s gutsy and it’s really, really rugged.
– Kevin Shirley
Brad Whitford, speaking from the studio in Vegas, said, “This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early ‘60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we’ll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway.”The album features four Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener “Dislocated Boy”, the road warrior’s title track “Driving Towards The Daylight”, “Heavenly Soul”, and “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go”.
Other tracks include Bonamassa’s versions of Tom Waits’ “New Coat Of Paint”, Bill Withers’ “Lonely Town Lonely Street”, Bernie Marsden’s “A Place In My Heart”, and Willie Dixon’s “All I Need”. On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love”.
Premiering today, and continuing each week for ten episodes is “Countdown To Daylight”, the new reality series of 3-4 minute webisodes that you can find on Joe’s website and YouTube.
The videos will feature interviews with Joe and his band as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording Driving Towards The Daylight in the studio. Tune in every Friday for a new episode on Joe’s official YouTube channel.
Check out episode #1 below:
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