Bonham, Bonamassa, Hughes and Sherinian Become Black Country
Take Jason Bonham on drums, Joe Bonamassa on guitar, Derek Sherinian on keyboards and Glenn Hughes on guitar, put them all together and it becomes Black Country.
Welcome to the first “supergroup” of 2010.
Bonham (Foreigner, Led Zeppelin), Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper), Hughes (Deep Purple) and solo guitar star Bonamassa have a lot of heritage as you can see.
The band is currently in the studio with Kevin Shirley working on an album that may arrive later this year or early 2011.
Shirley made the announcement on his website.
"So there it is folks - the cat is out the bag! This is Black Country. The songs are all original and what a lineup. They are all the very best players in the world, for my money," he said
"Jason Bonham is a totally unique drummer and a supreme, yet oh-so-tasty powerhouse. Derek Sherinian is super versatile, and is playing mostly overdriven Hammond organ in this ensemble and is the color on the palette. Glenn Hughes plays bass and sings with a range very, very few can even get close to, and Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the best Blues Rock guitarist around, plays hard riffing guitar as well as adding his signature vocals alongside Glenn. You'll just have to wait - we're planning to get this out late summer, and it's promising to be phenomenal!"
The band has so far put down six tracks. They will gather to do more in March before Bonamassa heads to Australia for BluesFest.
Joe will also have a new album in March. ‘Black Rock’ will come out March 23 on his own J&R Adventures label.
Joe Bonamassa will perform at BluesFest over Easter as well as the following sideshows:
March 31, Sydney, The Factory Theatre
April 1, Melbourne, The Corner Hotel.
(How bout that - another supergroup that is somehow Zeppelin related...first it was 'Them Crooked Vultures' with John Paul Jones in it. Now this new band 'Black Country' with Jason Bonham (Bonzo's son) - by the way am digging the name of the band. Next we will hear of Jimmy Page getting a super group! At least with these super bands they get out there playing and that is the main thing.)