Joe Bonamassa’s next album will be a “subway record” put together in New York City
Joe Bonamassa has offered early details on his next blues adventure: a “subway record” based in New York City, with sessions planned for next Spring.
The upcoming record will be the bluesman’s 15th studio album and the follow-up to the recently released Royal Tea, his English blues record tracked at historic Abbey Studio Studios.
Read more: How Joe Bonamassa dealt with the pressures of recording Royal Tea at Abbey Road
“We are making a record in New York City in late March,” Bonamassa told MusicRadar, “and it is basically going to be a ‘subway record’ – a couple of guitars, a couple of amps.”
The stripped-down blues affair calls back to a time when Bonamassa used to ride the New York subway to studio sessions with only select pieces of kit.
“That’s just how I used to do it,” he said. “Take the subway down to the studio – cash and carry! The records in my world? Y’know, you’ve got production cases and I have a collection of guitars, and you have got all of these options, and it is almost too much.”
“You don’t need half of it, and you end up just playing, ‘Yeah, whatever!’ Now, it’s two amps, in case one blows up. Not two amps at a time, just in case one blows up. Add a couple of guitars and you’re good.”
Like how the English setting had an effect on Royal Tea, Bonamassa expects the vibrant urbanscape of New York City to greatly shape his upcoming album.
“I think that is going to influence the sound, like Abbey Road influenced the sound,“ he explained. “I have always wanted to do a record in New York… And hopefully there is a New York [as we know it] by then!”
This year also saw Bonamassa launch a brand new signature Les Paul Custom model with Epiphone based on his very own ‘58 Gibson Black Beauty – just one of the many gems in Bonamassa’s astonishing collection.
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