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Christa Fletcher
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February 13, 2012
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Black Country Communion

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Joe Bonamassa is back with his new superband, Black Country Communion, a collection of rock legends who are combining the sounds of classic American and British influences. BCC began when frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) and blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa played together in Los Angeles at the Guitar Center’s King of the Blues event in November 2009. Soon, producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper) were on board.

“It came together organically,” said Joe Bonamassa in a phone interview. “The whole thing came out of the blue, but we all wanted to do something profound.” Since 2009, BCC has recorded a self-titled album and played a few shows. The new project has been a nice shift for Bonamassa and his solo projects. “It was refreshing to come together,” he explained. “It recharges your batteries.” The band began rehearsing and recording in early 2010 at Shangri-La Studios. All of their songs were written by Bonamassa and Hughes.

Now that the band has completed their first album, they are promoting the album and traveling to the U.K., where coincidentally the name of the band originates. Black Country Communion was inspired by the industrial area in Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised. The band plans to spend time in London. The city has been an amazing place of support for the bandmembers like Bonamassa who played a sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009 with Eric Clapton.

As an iconic and gifted guitarist since the age of 12, we asked Bonamassa how performing with BCC differs from his more blues-infused rock shows and over 200 performances. “All of these guys are monster players,” he said. “It’s like a freight train and you have to jump on and take a big breath.”
Christa Fletcher

 

“No Time”


“One Last Soul”


“Sister Jane”


“The Great Divide”


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Black Country Communion started when frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) and blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa jammed together in Los Angeles in November 2009 at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event.

Next, the band gained producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper).

The band is named after the industrial area in Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised.

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Black Country Communion began rehearsing and recording tracks written by both Bonamassa and Hughes at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010.

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