May 4, 2020

Legendary singer-songwriter Dion simply doesn’t know how to age! He’s been creating hits since the ’50s and has continued his career pretty much non-stop for the following 60 (yes, 60) years, focusing over the last ten years or so on straight blues. The list of his friends is equally legendary, and he’s been working hard with them to protect music. His latest work is supporting a new label started by Joe Bonamassa and his manager Roy Weisman, Keeping the Blues Alive Records, part of Bonamassa’s non-profit organisation that aims to conserve the art of music and the rich culture and history of the blues. The label’s objective is to provide a platform for musical talent in blues and blues-rock based music and to help encourage the careers of extraordinary musical talent. 10% of all profits from the label will be donated back to the Non-Profit for promoting music education to students and schools in need.

Dion’s contribution to this is a new album, Blues with Friends, to be released on 5th June. To tell those stories, Dion has recruited help from a few notable friends and admirers. He thought, “I needed to round up the best guitarists and musicians alive and pick them from every generation, every variation of blues.” And that’s just what he did, surrounding himself with those who feel the blues spirit as he does.

The album is being preceded by a staggered, and staggering!, weekly release of singles as follows:

24th April – “Blues Comin’ On” with Joe Bonamassa

1st May – “Hymn To Him” with Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen

8th May – “Bam Bang Boom” with Billy Gibbons

15th May – “I Got Nothin’” with Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker22nd May – “Can’t Start Over Again” with Jeff Beck

29th May – “Song For Sam Cooke (Here In America)” with Paul Simon

Hope I look half as good at 80!

The first of those tracks, side by side with Joe Bonamassa, can be seen below

Followed by the second release, jointly with Brooocie babe and Patti Scialfa

The VT review of the album itself will be out in a couple of weeks, but the feed of new singles in the meantime should be more than enough to “keep the blues away” !