Epi fan and guitar guru Joe Bonamassa announced his new album, Different Shades of Blue
, will be out in September. And the timing is perfect since Joe's new signature Ltd. Ed. Epiphone Les Paul in Pelham Blue
will be in stores, too though you better grab one quick before they sell out. Go here for the full preview
and check out our latest interview
Different Shades of Blue
is also Joe's first album of all original songs. "It's been a while since I've been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album," said Bonamassa. "I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years."
Kevin Shirley once again produced and the album features old friends Anton Fig from the Late Show
on drums, studio ace Michael Rhodes on bass, and Resse Wynans on organ and piano. "It's definitely my favorite Joe Bonamassa record to date," said Shirley. "It's an album that deserves to be listened to in its entirety. Luckily Joe's fan base
really seems to appreciate a body of work and not just songs." Stand by for a sneak peak here at Epiphone.com.
One of the many things we love about Joe is his bubbling enthusiasm for life and playing guitar. "I've been playing 33 years of my life and every day I wake up and I'm excited about the guitar," Joe told Epiphone. "I'm excited about playing; I'm excited about the sound of the case latches opening. I always grab for it. Even when I tour a lot and I'm playing a lot on stage, I still practice, even after 33 years. And I think the real key to getting up to that professional level is first you've got to love it, and then you have to play."