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The Week in Joe Reviews ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY !

It's official. Joe has joined the Los Angeles-based group, Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP). 

Those guest appearances permitted Bonamassa to escape the demands of a busy solo career, a chance to be "one of the guys."  Moreover, it seemed the ultimate excuse to step outside his comfort zone and explore his "home-stuff" more in-depth.  The end result: We Want Groove.

In summer 2012, five supremely talented musicians entered Tal Bergman's (producer, drummer) studio for the "sheer joy of making music."  Prepared with basic song ideas, Bergman says, "The concept of this record had everything do with interplay...Where everybody feeds off each other, reacts, and captures the moment." Similarly, Bonamassa says of the project, "Making this record was a great opportunity for me to do something I really enjoyed...I'm hoping to show people another side to me."

Note for note, We Want Groove is a nine track (eight originals and one cover) instrumental music time machine, which revisits the jazz-funk sound made popular in the 1970s and 1980s, when Jazz morphed into a new genre, one with a danceable rhythm, with its addition of a strong back beat (or groove), electrified sounds and use of synthesizers. I recall Herbie Hancock, Kool & The Gang and George Benson tunes featuring that upbeat, "feel good" dance swing.

From beginning to end, We Want Groove is delightfully rhythmic--a kaleidoscope of funk/jazz and rock melodies, wherein decades of stylistic influence are seamlessly fused in one setting. Music connoisseurs and newcomers alike will want to hear more from this supergroup.

Read the Track by Track review of We Want Groove here!

Visit Deb Hebert's Joe Bonamassa update blog here!

Out On The Tiles

Langhorne Slim at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA, August 28, 2010

Get ready. Langhorne Slim, Jeff Ratner, Malachi DeLorenzo, David Moore and the visiting Sam Duffy, are coming to a theatre near you. Their mission? To get you out of your seat. Langhorne invited this Word by Word crowd to get up and dance and the literal group politely sat in their leather Colonial seats, waiting. Someone yelled from their corner, "Make Me!" Langhorne, always the gentleman, shouted back, "That woman is fair, that's fair!" He committed to the process, "We have a job to do." By the end of the show, people were dancing on the stage ...twirling in royal blue evening wear and sparkly hippie tunics. With the guitar, upright bass, banjo, fiddle, drums, and Langhorne's rich voice, it was certainly a festival of words in color and sound ...well done and thank you.

The band opened their set with "Be Set Free" the title track of their latest album. It rolled over the scene like a reassuring summer breeze. "Restless" from the self titled second album was true to its recording and a solid foundational song to encapsulate the genre range of what to anticipate. "Say Yes," the upbeat indie anthem, pulled in the crowd and had them yelling, "Yes, Yes!" in response.

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