JOE BONAMASSA – Merry Christmas, Baby (2023)

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As the holiday season unfolds, the legendary blues-rock guitarist JOE BONAMASSA extends a special musical offering to his fans worldwide. His new Christmas compilation album, “Merry Christmas, Baby“, is set to bring the festive spirit to homes.
This compilation is a unique blend of holiday classics re-imagined through Bonamassa’s guitar blues lens, along with original tracks that resonate with his signature style. The 2023 edition is particularly special, as it includes three new tracks, adding fresh vibrancy to this yuletide collection.

The release of “Merry Christmas, Baby” follows the successful conclusion of Bonamassa’s 2023 tour, a testament to his enduring presence in the world of blues and rock. This tour was a journey of musical excellence, spanning 88 shows over 180 days. Joe and his band traveled a remarkable 65,500 miles, crossing the Pacific twice and the Atlantic six times, delivering unforgettable performances across the globe.
The tour not only showcased Bonamassa’s unparalleled guitar skills and soulful vocals but also highlighted songs from his latest studio album, Blues Deluxe Vol. 2, a tribute to his blues roots and two decades of musical mastery. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, marking Bonamassa’s 27th #1.

In “Merry Christmas, Baby”, listeners are treated to a diverse range of holiday songs. The album opens with an alternate take on the title track, offering a new perspective on this festive favorite.
The Irish rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and the orchestral version of “O Holy Night” showcase Bonamassa’s ability to blend traditional holiday melodies with his unique blues-rock flair.
These new additions are accompanied by beloved tracks from previous years, including the soulful “Lonesome Christmas” and the rhythmic “Christmas Boogie (One Little Kiss).” The inclusion of Dion’s “Hello Christmas,” featuring Amy Grant, and “You Know It’s Christmas,” a collaboration with Bonamassa, adds a joyful spirit to the album.

As 2023 draws to a close, “Merry Christmas, Baby” stands as a reflection of Joe Bonamassa’s commitment to his craft and his fans. This compilation is more than just a holiday album; it’s a celebration of the joy, warmth, and spirit of the season, delivered through the strings of one of the most revered guitarists in the blues-rock arena.
Highly Recommended


01 – Merry Christmas, Baby (Alternate Take) NEW TRACK
02 – Christmas Boogie [One Little Kiss]
03 – God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Irish Rendition) NEW TRACK
04 – Lonesome Christmas
05 – O Holy Night (Orchestra Rendition) NEW TRACK
06 – Hello Christmas
07 – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
08 – Bring Back My Cadillac
09 – Christmas Date Blues
10 – God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
11 – You Know It’s Christmas
12 – O Holy Night
13 – Christmas Comes But Once A Year
14 – Merry Christmas, Baby


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