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Bonamassa’s Conversation with Alice

If the mood on recent Joe Bonamassa albums, alongside comments made in interviews a while back, has had you concerned about the guitarist’s wellbeing we advise you to check out his latest single, ‘A Conversation With Alice’, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studio in London.

Alice, as it turns out, is the alias of a therapist that Bonamassa spoke with about some reoccurring problems he’d been facing in life but found that these “problems” ultimately lead to his success.

In an intimate video from self-quarantine, Bonamassa noted, “The song is derived by an experience I had a couple years ago when some friends of mine intervened and said ‘You know what Joe? You should go ahead and talk to someone about these problems you have that come up time and time again.’ So, I agreed. I went to see this lovely woman in Los Angeles, CA and began talking about my problems. After the second session I came to the conclusion that I was unrepairable and that the crazy in me makes me good at my job. I like being good at my job.”

He quipped, “I think I’m good at my job, unless you ask the internet. Which then there’s some debate, which bolsters the crazy. See how it’s all interrelated? So, I wrote a song about it.” Bonamassa ended the video with a comforting smile and a sincere wish to fans, “I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening, be safe and be happy.”

You can watch the official video for ‘A Conversation With Alice’ right here at RAMzine. The song is available to stream from all platforms by clicking here.

Bonamassa also divulges that the song is part of a brand-new album coming sometime later this year, though details of the title and release date are still under wraps. In the meantime, while in quarantine Bonamassa has taken to social media to give a special behind-the-scenes look at his “Nerdville” home in California. In prior months, Bonamassa was touring relentlessly, up until coronavirus took its hold on the music industry, stopping him just short of a few final dates on his spring tour in the U.S.A.

A Conversation With Alice’ also follows Bonamassa’s recent instrumental side project called The Sleep Eazys, who released their debut album, Easy To Buy, Hard To Sell recently. The album, was touted by he The Associated Press touted as making “instrumental dreams,” and produced by Bonamassa, featuring some of his frequent collaborators, along with his all-star touring band. It is his second time in the studio as a producer, after Reese Wynans’ long-awaited debut solo album Sweet Release.

In related news, the Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II cruise has been rescheduled from this summer to now sail aboard the Norwegian Pearl out of Athens, Greece on 17th August 2021, taking blues fans to Mykonos, then Kusadasi, Turkey  through to 22nd August.

Joining Joe Bonamassa onboard the blues rock festival will be the likes of Ian Anderson Presents Jethro Tull, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, Ana Popovic, King King, Jimmy Vivino, Terry Reid, The James Hunter Six, The Suffers, Kris Barras Band, Selwyn Birchwood, The Cold Stares, Daddy Long Legs, Jade MacRae, Elles Bailey, Ben Levin, Lakota John and Toby Lee.

“We know how much our guests were looking forward to this special sailing but also know the time right now just isn’t right. With the enhanced health and safety measures being put in place by Norwegian Cruise Line and our new programmes giving guests the extra value and flexibility they need right now, fans can be assured when we all come together in the Greek Isles next year, it will be an event that creates memories that last a lifetime,” said Anthony Diaz, CEO of Sixthman.

Fans can book their spot on the 2021 sailing now here.

About Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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