On January 21-22, 2016 world-renowned platinum-selling and Grammy nominated blues-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed two unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were recorded and made into Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening, a collection of extraordinary music with new arrangements of favorite songs as well as brand new, never-before-heard songs. Before you think: "Didn't Joe already release an acoustic live show back in 2013?", the Carnegie Hall shows are nothing like that show in Vienna. The Vienna acoustic show had Joe surrounded with a variety of instruments, like guitars, mandolin, violin, banjo, harmonium and much more, and various guest musicians who played them.
This concert, pressed across three 180g LPs, was part of a special all-acoustic tour and featured an all-star ensemble of world-class musicians. Acclaimed Chinese cellist and erhuist Tina Guo, whose repertoire stretches from classical to heavy metal; and Hossam Ramzy, the Egyptian percussionist and composer, who has performed on dozens of film soundtracks and records, including on Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's No Quarter: Unledded Tour. Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (drums), Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian backing vocalists, Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto round out the band.
"Despite being among the most ambitious things I've done – I played with a 9 piece acoustic band – It came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show." - Joe Bonamassa