Archive for May 18th, 2012

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May
12

JOE BONAMASSA-“TIGHT AND FEELING IT” BEACON THEATRE-LIVE IN NEW YORK BLU-RAY-REVIEW JOHN EMMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Bonamassa’s gorgeous guitar work on Live At The Beacon Theatre New York has the ability to make you feel as much emotion as a great vocalist.

That folks, is rare.

Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan and a short list of others have that same pipeline to the heart of their playing.

And Bonamassa’s band of  drummer Tal Bergman, “Mr Groove” bassist Carmine Rojas and keyboard man Rick Melick are “wired” into Joe’s phrasing vocally and from his guitar.

Honestly, it’s hard to believe this is only a four piece band. Their sound is killer without sacrificing depth.

The first 3 tracks, Slow Train, Cradle Rock, and When the Fire Hits The Sea launch the fireworks. However like all great players JB and his band pull subtle and enticing dyanmics out of Gary Moore’s Midnight Blues and JB’s Dust Bowl.

One of the huge highlights of this show are the two songs performed with vocalist Beth Hart.

Look we have a lot of female vocalists these days.  Too many in fact.

 Beth Hart is simply a tour de force.

Hart can be powerful, sexy, and believe me when she sings the track I’ll Take Care of You few can touch her on this planet.

That combined with the track Sinner’s Prayer bring JB’s guitar solos and the band to top of the mountain in a superb display of musicianship.

John Hiatt nails his own Down Around My Place and Paul Rodgers delivers a gutsy take of Fire and Water.

But JB and his band at almost every turn are compelling and true to the nature of their music.

These guys are feeling it. And at this point it’s important to note Bonamassa’s vocal work is getting better by leaps and bounds.

My wife hates when I put on “guitar shows’ for review. But from the start she seems to just love the tone of Joe’s guitar work. And yes that readers is probably a good sign for Joe’s new opus that drops next week!   

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, an online worldwide radio host    http://emms.podbean.com/  and has fun with his own blues band www.theshaftmen.com

18
May
12

JOHN MAYER-IN TUNE AND SOULFUL, COUNTING CROWS, THE BEACH BOYS,GARBAGE, ALAN DOYLE GO ORGANIC..PLUS MORE SONG REVIEWS BY JOHN EMMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the best single songs I’m digging via my heart and head!

John Mayer-Speak For Me-Flawless songcraft via a gorgeous acoustic folk vibe 

A melody that sparkles in a 70’s Gordon Lightfoot vein. Wow! From John’s Born And Raised album due out May 22/2012.

Counting Crows-Untilted (Love Song) Think superb alt country in a Jayhawks way and you will have an idea for this beauty. Gorgeously sung by Adam Duritz. Killer guitar work by what sounds like Dan Vickrey. From the new cd Underwater Sunshine.

Alan Doyle-I’ve Seen A Little-Doyle explodes out of the box with this muscular rocker. If your not singing the chorus by the second time through, your tone deaf. Doyle’s album Boy On Bridge may be the surprise hit of the summer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garbage-Your Kind of People (title track) The best vocal mix I have heard this year. Honestly Shirley Manson is singing her ass off.  Hypnotic and mesmerizing. Killer.

The Beach Boys-That’s Why God Made The Radio. Wow, I’m carrying this song into my summer of 2012.

Tantalizing vocal harmonies still intact, gorgeous bridge and verse chords carry this track deep into your head.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician www.johnemms.com  you  can check out John’s worldwide radio show here  http://emms.podbean.com/




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