Beginning this Friday, February 11, 2011, JOE BONAMASSA fans can get a free download of the blues-rock star’s new single “Dust Bowl” at Bonamassa’s website www.jbonamassa.com. Bonamassa recently completed work on his all new solo album, also titled Dust Bowl, which will be released on March 22, 2011 on J&R Adventures, Bonamassa’s label which he co-owns and operates with longtime manager and business partner Roy Weisman.
This giveaway is another strategy by J&R Adventures to constantly be at the forefront of the “new music business.” The company continues to defy the traditional music label model, focusing energy on developing and implementing new platforms for Bonamassa’s music to reach new fans. Through grassroots and cutting edge social media networking and marketing strategies, the company has been able to break Bonamassa onto the international music stage while methods like free downloads and music giveaways have been a driving force in ticket sales for Bonamassa’s roughly 200 tour dates each year.
“We see J&R Adventures as the new way in the music industry and the wave of the future. Unlike traditional record labels, J&R has positioned itself as essentially an all-inclusive, one-stop-shop allowing Joe to take control of his music,” says Weisman. “We’ve had great success over the last few years with our variation of a 360 degree deal.”
The company’s model incorporates management, media and record label duties to release a continuous stream of new CDs and DVDs for Bonamassa fans to enjoy. Over the last five years, J&R Adventures has successfully released four Bonamassa studio albums, two double-disc live albums, one live DVD and one Blu-ray. In addition, it released the debut album from Bonamassa’s English-American rock band Black Country Communion with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol). BCC is currently set to release their second album this summer.
Dust Bowl is produced by Kevin Shirley and combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa’s first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he’s mastered in the years since and adds a dash of country from Joe’s collaborations with the best of Nashville including legends Vince Gill and John Hiatt .
“We are pleased to be able to offer Joe’s fans a free download of the new single ‘Dust Bowl.’ The song is a moody, haunting rocker and a great sneak-peak of what’s to come,” says J&R Adventures.
Dust Bowl’s release will be supported by a multi-country tour taking Bonamassa to the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia.
In 2010, Bonamassa was named Billboard’s #1 Blues Artist based on the charting success of Black Rock, the #2 Billboard Blues Album of 2010, and 2009’s Ballad of John Henry , which was #9. Overall, he claims the third-most No. 1 blues albums, behind B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan .
For more information and updated tour schedule, visit www.jbonamassa.com.
SOURCE J&R Adventures