Joe Bonamassa announces studio album Royal Tea, inspired by British guitar heroes

“This whole adventure was a bucket-list thing for me.”

Joe Bonamassa

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Joe Bonamassa has announced his latest studio album, Royal Tea, featuring 10 songs recorded at legendary Abbey Road Studios. The record pays homage to the Bonamassa’s British guitar heroes, and is due out 23 October through Provogue/J&R Adventures.

Along with the announcement, Bonamassa launched a new single from the record, Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye. Its music video was shot at the album’s sessions. Take a listen below.

Reflecting on Royal Tea, Bonamassa admitted in a press statement, “this whole adventure was a bucket-list thing for me.”

The album is said to reconnect the bluesman with some of his earliest and strongest influences, the likes of Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton and Cream, which he discovered through his father’s vinyl collection.

“I would have been about twelve years old,” Bonamassa recalled. “And it was the sound I heard in my head. Like, ‘Okay, I’m in. That’s what I want to be’. ”

The bluesman’s collaborators on Royal Tea were also of British rock royalty. With former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, ex-Cream lyricist Pete Brown and celebrated pianist Jools Holland all lending a hand to the writing process.

“Writing this record in London has done its job,” said Bonamassa. “It really does sound inherently British. Bernie and I, we finish each other’s sentences. We’re cut from the same cloth.”

Bonamassa’s long-standing producer Kevin Shirley and touring band, comprising Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass) and Reese Wynans (keys), flew in for the album’s sessions.

Royal Tea by Joe Bonamassa
Image: Joe Bonamassa

Royal Tea’s track listing:

  1. When One Door Opens
  2. Royal Tea
  3. Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye
  4. Lookout Man
  5. High Class Girl
  6. A Conversation With Alice
  7. I Didn’t Think She Would Do it
  8. Beyond The Silence
  9. Lonely Boy
  10. Savannah

Fans will also get to hear Bonamassa perform his new tunes live(streamed) soon; a special performance livestreamed from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee is set to take place 20 September. Find out more, and get tickets for Joe Bonamassa Live In Concert Worldwide here.

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