Keeping The Blues Alive

Joe Strips Down To a Trio

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Sometimes you just need to let loose and rock out hard! This is exactly what the blues manipulator Joe Bonamassa is doing in this video that you have to see!

This spectacular performance was captured by a fan on the 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Cruise, on its way to Montego Bay, Jamaica. All of Joe’s shows are jam-packed with high energy blues riffs, but this one is especially rockin’. Instead of playing with his entire band, Bonamassa decided to strip things down to a power trio, and astonishingly, the intensity and sheer blues power was not diminished; in fact, it was actually enhanced in my opinion.

Taking ques from one of the most legendary blues-rock power trios in history, Bonamassa, joined by Anton Fig on drums and Michael Rhodes on bass absolutely slay a cover of Cream’s “SWLABR.” In some cases, musicians lose their drive or frankly can’t hang in a trio setting. It is very revealing, trust me. But Joe seems to thrive even more with just his rhythm section lifting him up.

This two for one all out jam also features another iconic British blues cover Joe loves, Jeff Beck’s “Spanish Boots.” Having been playing this song at least since 2010, but probably a lot longer than that, Bonamassa and his band have pretty much perfected every lick, hit, and solo section. From the bassist-drummer connection, seamless timing from each member, and Joe’s command of the genre, this trio can be considered a rival force in the power trio world.

Hopefully we will see Joe break out this world-class band arrangement in 2019 as he celebrates the 5th annual Keeping the Blues Alive cruise, setting sail February 25th!
For more details and to check out the all-star lineup, please visit the website: http://www.bluesaliveatsea.com/

Hope you enjoy this week’s blues in motion video!

 

Patrick Ortiz 

KTBA

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