Out Now: Joe Bonamassa ‘Royal Tea,’ Inspired by Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin & Cream (Listen)


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Renowned blues guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa returned on Friday with a new album — but Royal Tea isn’t just a collection of new music. Rather, it’s a musical love letter from Bonamassa to the musical icons and heroes that shaped his path, a list including Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Cream and John Mayall.

The album was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

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Bonamassa previewed Royal Tea in recent weeks with a few songs, including the title track:

More on the Royal Tea experience, per a news release:

“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, ‘OK, I’m in. That’s what I want to be’.”

The end result is a listen that blends what came before (Bonamassa’s musical heroes) and what is now (Joe Bonamassa himself), an encompassing album that bridges the gap between generations and makes for a strong addition to Joe’s acclaimed career.

Listen to Royal Tea below, via Spotify.


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