It’s six o’clock on April 12, just two hours before show time, and Joe Bonamassa is sitting in his dressing room at Seattle’s famed Paramount Theatre absent-mindedly flipping through pictures of vintage guitars on his iPad. “Check this out,” he says to his tech while holding up the tablet.
Since I'm a Beck completist — someone who buys every available recording featuring Beck's guitar work (It's a disease) — I guess I'll be downloading a LeAnn Rimes song on June 4, something I really didn't see coming. But this collaboration shouldn't come as a surprise. Beck has appeared on albums by Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone and Beth Hart, to name just a few. He's recorded and/or performed with Imelda May, Olivia Safe, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jennifer Batten, etc.
Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival took place this past Friday and Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, this year's lineup included Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray and Vince Gill.
At last December's Kennedy Center Honors event, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart performed "I'd Rather Go Blind" in tribute to Buddy Guy. That performance — which you can check out in the video below — will be included in Hart's new album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, which will be released April 2 by Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group.
The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, December 26, on CBS. And while honorees Led Zeppelin are garnering the most headlines out of the event, blues guitar great Buddy Guy also was honored.