Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa will release a new album in October entitled “Royal Tea” paired with a special livestream event in September.
Joe recently recounted his inspiration for recording the new album: “This whole adventure,” admits Joe; “was a bucket-list thing for me.” This album reconnects the 43-year-old with the guitar-slinging kid from upstate New York, who stumbled across the best of British blues music in his dad’s vinyl collection — whose influences have shaped him to be the player he is today. “I would have been about twelve years old, and it was the sound I heard in my head. Like, ‘Okay, I’m in. That’s what I want to be’.”
The Track Listing for “Royal Tea” is as follows:
- “When One Door Opens”
- “Royal Tea”
- “Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye”
- “Lookout Man!”
- “High Class Girl”
- “A Conversation With Alice”
- “I Didn’t Think She Would Do It”
- “Beyond The Silence”
- “Lonely Boy”
In addition, Joe has also announced that he will be playing a special concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, better known as “The Grand Ole Opry” on September 20th. The concert will be live streamed. Tickets start at $20 and special VIP packages are available. There are a variety of pricing levels available for fans worldwide to be a part of this special “audience.” Fans may also purchase a $35 all-access pass which includes access to the livestream event on September 20, the “Royal Tea” digital album available on October 23, and a one-year all pass for Bonamassa’s on-demand service which includes more than 17 concert releases from Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, available at any time on most devices.
As part of this unique concert event, fans also have the option to purchase a commemorative VIP ticket giving them an experience they will never forget. VIP ticket holders will have their photo printed out and placed in a seat at the legendary Ryman Auditorium as part of Joe’s audience for that special night. VIPs will also get a picture of Joe with his “audience” which will be sent to them via email to keep. The VIP ticket holder’s name will also be included in the credits at the end of the live stream event, as well as being included in the upcoming DVD credits for this performance!
This one-of-a-kind concert is presented by Bonamassa’s non-profit, Keeping The Blues Alive foundation (KTBA). Each ticket purchase will include a $1 donation to Joe’s Fueling Musicians program, which to date has raised over $295,000 and has supported more than 163 musicians in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets and VIP Packages to Joe Bonamassa’s Livestream Event from The Ryman are available here. I’ve got my ticket, how about you?
What’s your favorite Joe Bonamassa album/song? What would you most like to hear him play in concert?