Joe Bonamassa releases ‘Ball Peen Hammer’

"Very few gigs represent my journey in music more than the Hollywood Bowl. I moved to Los Angeles in 2003 in search of opportunity and cheaper rent than New York City"
20 April 2024
Photo by by Christie Goodwin

From upcoming album with orchestra, celebrating resilience and hope

Renowned guitarist Joe Bonamassa releases Ball Peen Hammer, from his upcoming album Live at the Hollywood Bowl with Orchestra, featuring a 40-piece orchestra. Originally by Chris Whitley, the song radiates resilience and hope, enriched by Bonamassa’s emotive performance and orchestral arrangement.

In acknowledging Whitley’s impact, Bonamassa lauds him as a formidable songwriter and guitarist, highlighting his enduring legacy:  

“He doesn’t get a lot of credit but he’s one of the great songwriters and guitarists that I ever have run across. My tribute to Chris Whitley is deeply rooted.” He further recalled opening for Whitley in 2002: “Chris was the most devastating solo performer I have ever seen. I based my song and the sheer volume of the performance of the song ‘Woke Up Dreaming’ on that night. Gone too soon and not known nor appreciated in his own lifetime. Plus a very nice and humble man to top it off.”

Following the success of The Last Matador of Bayonne, the album boasts a curated selection showcasing Bonamassa’s musical breadth. Live At The Hollywood Bowl With Orchestra merges blues and rock, enriched by orchestral arrangements by Hollywood’s finest, David Campbell, Trevor Rabin, and Jeff Bova. Bonamassa shares nostalgic sentiments about the Hollywood Bowl, a pivotal venue in his career:

“Very few gigs represent my journey in music more than the Hollywood Bowl. I moved to Los Angeles in 2003 in search of opportunity and cheaper rent than New York City.  My first gig at The Mint was attended by 5 of my friends and that’s all. We have played The Greek Theatre many times since, but the Bowl has always been a dream. The orchestra and the sheer scale of the event and venue is something I will never forget. I am so grateful that we filmed this special event in my life”

Available in various formats, the release epitomizes Bonamassa’s career, fusing blues, rock, and orchestral elements. Embarking on the Blues Deluxe Tour after his U.S. Spring Tour and cruise, Bonamassa will perform classics and deep tracks across 21 cities.

May 5 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz Fest
June 14 – Kent, UK – Black Deer Festival
June 15 – Basingstoke, UK – The Anvil
June 20 – Rio De Janeiro, BR – Best of Blues & Rock Fest – Vivo Rio
June 22 – Sao Paulo, BR – Best of Blues & Rock Fest – Ibirapuera Parque
June 24 – Curita, BR – Best of Blues & Rock Fest – Live Curitiba

July 17 – Selbyville, DE – Freeman Arts Pavilion *
July 18 – Patchogue, NY – Great South Bay Music Festival *
July 19 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater *
August 2 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Resort & Casino
August 4 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 6 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater
August 8 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Performing Arts Center
August 9 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater
August 10 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
August 12 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
August 14 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
August 16 – Evansville, IN – Old National Events Plaza
August 17 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
August 18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
August 20 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
August 21 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre
August 23 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
August 24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
August 25 – Rochester, NY – West Herr Auditorium Theatre
August 27 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
August 29 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 30 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
August 31 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
September 15 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brew Festival *

*Not part of the Blues Deluxe Tour

October 28 – Santa Barbara, CA -The Granada Theatre
October 30 – Rancho Mirage, CA – The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage
November 1 – Tucson, AZ – The Linda Ronstadt Music Hall
November 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
November 3 – Long Beach, CA – Terrace Theater
November 5 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre
November 7 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
November 8 – Sacramento, CA – SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
November 9 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre
November 12 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
November 13 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center
November 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater
November 17 -Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Civic Center
November 19 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
November 20 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall
November 22 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
November 23 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
November 26 – Springfield, IL – UIS Performing Arts Center
November 27- Appleton, WI -Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
November 29 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
November 30 – Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Civic Center