September 18, 2022




All-Star Line-up Featuring Joe Bonamassa, Josh Smith, Reese Wynans, Michael Rhodes, Greg Morrow,
Warren Haynes and Jared James Nichols

Highly Anticipated Album Produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith Released via Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive Records 

Jimmy live

“Jimmy Hall is one of the Southern Rock era’s best singers and Ready Now should do much to increase his public visibility. It’s a fine, highly musical effort that’s packed with some of the USA’s premium roots music players and sublime new songs. Miss it and you’ll be sorry. Highly recommended.” 

– Rock & Blues Muse

“…passionate and appropriately titled 
Ready Now, a long-awaited comeback from a Southern rocker who has really never gone away.”

– 4/5, American Songwriter

“Get a copy of this album, play the title track, listen to the message of redemption it contains, and feel better about everything. That’s the message Jimmy Hall is offering, and we are absolutely delighted to pass it on.”

– Blues Matters

Ready Now is a superb album. Hall achieves a wonderful balance of blues, southern rock, soul, R&B, and packages it in a very deliberate and easily digestible pop setting. The album has a timeless quality…”

– Fireworks Magazine

Legendary vocalist Jimmy Hall is pleased to announce the release his new single “Risin’ Up” – the third single taken from his new album Ready Now, released by KTBA Records on Friday September 16thReady Now is Hall’s first solo album of original material since 2007.

The new album

The album is also available from KTBA Records at

Producers Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith worked with Jimmy to make an album worthy of his amazing career and talent. 

Jimmy Hall first gained popularity as the lead vocalist, saxophonist, and harmonica player for the band Wet Willie, emerging from Mobile, Alabama. His unique brand of R&B-infused rock and roll and onstage swagger propelled the group’s signature song “Keep on Smilin'” to the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart in 1974.

After seven albums with Capricorn Records, Wet Willie moved forward to Epic Records releasing the singles “Street Corner Serenade” and “Weekend.” Both singles hit the US Top 40 and five other songs were placed in the Billboard Top 100.

Packed with unforgettable, amazing songs and performances, his new album, Ready Now, is a major statement in a career full of highs dating back to Jimmy’s work with the legendary Southern Rock band Wet Willie. Jimmy’s singing, harp playing, and writing have never been stronger or more laser focused on making a definitive career defining album.

From epic southern rock tunes like “Ready Now” and “A Long Goodbye,” to the boogie and blues of “Girl’s Got Sugar” and “Jumpin’ for Joy,” Jimmy’s incredible voice is front and centre.

Backed by a crack band that includes Joe BonamassaJosh Smith, legendary keyboardist Reese Wynans, bassist Michael Rhodes and drummer Greg Morrow, Hall is free to give his all to the songs and performances. None more so than on the track “Dream Release” written with his son Ryan Hall about his lifetime friendship with Gregg Allman.

Joe Bonamassa co-wrote five songs on the new album including “Risin’ Up,” “Girl’s Got Sugar,” “Will You Still Be Here,” “Without Your Love,” and “Love For It.” Bonamassa plays unforgettable guitar solos on “Jumpin’ For Joy,” “Risin’ Up,” “Holding On for Dear Love,” “A Long Goodbye,” and “Will You Still Be Here.” 

Co-producer Josh Smith plays an exquisite guitar solo on “Girl’s Got Sugar.”

The album also features special guest performances from legendary guitarists Warren Haynes and Jared James Nichols. Haynes plays a slide guitar solo on the title track “Ready Now,” while Nichols plays a guitar solo on “Without Your Love.”

Ready Nowis a major statement on an amazing career by a legendary blues performer!

Track Listing

1.  Jumpin’ For Joy
2.  Risin’  Up
3.  Dream  Release
4.  Girl’s  Got Sugar feat. Josh Smith
5.  Ready Now feat. Warren Haynes
6.  Holding On For Dear Love
7.  A Long  Goodbye feat. Joe Bonamassa
8.  Will  You Still Be Here
9.  Without Your Love feat. Jared  James Nichols
10. Love  For It
11. Eyes  In The Back Of Your Head 

About KeepingThe Blues Alive Records

Joe Bonamassa and his long-time manager, Roy Weisman, have put their decades of expertise to use with their new venture, Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) Records. The independent record label is an offshoot of Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa’s non-profit that aims to conserve the art of music in schools and preserve the rich culture and history of the blues.

Since its inception in 2020, KTBA Records has proven to be a driving force in the music industry, taking on talented artists and propelling them into the spotlight. The label has released albums for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dion, Chicago blues queen Joanna Connor, legendary Detroit-based blues guitarist Larry McCray, and blues rock sensation Joanne Shaw Taylor. Each album has received worldwide critical acclaim as well as topping the Billboard Blues Album Chart. This is only the beginning for KTBA Records. With its roster of talented musicians and success in the industry, the label has many new projects on the horizon, working synergistically with the non-profit’s mission of supporting musicians. 10% of all profits from KTBA Records are donated to the foundation.

KTBA Records represents Bonamassa’s continuing efforts over the last 25 years in support the artistic community and reflects the philosophy of paying it forward just as so many did for him in the hope of paving the way for musicians for years to come. To support KTBA Records mission and its talented artists, visit KTBARECORDS.COM now.