Jon Cleary will release his new album Dyna-Mite on 13th July 2018.
The album was recorded at Music Shed Studios, The Parlor and Cleary’s own Funk Headquarters studio in the historic Bywater neighborhood of NOLA. The title track, which is available now, takes cues from the old cats in saloons, studios and street parades.
“The idea for Dyna-mite and the whole first verse came to me, unbidden and complete, on a plane as we were about to take off for an overseas tour,” says Cleary. “The rest of the song came pretty easily and I had in the back of my mind an image from an old gig poster on my wall of Etta James, billing her as ‘Li’l Miss Dyna-mite’. I’ve wanted a new tune in the set that had that funky old Caribbean groove and we nailed it in the first take, live vocals and all.”
Widely regarded as one of great heirs to New Orleans’ world-changing music heritage, despite hailing from Kent, piano player and songwriter Cleary picked up a Grammy Award in 2016 for his album GoGo Juice.
Over his career Cleary has written and performed with Dr. John, B.B. King, John Scofield and Taj Mahal. He’s played in Bonnie Raitt’s band for 10 years and appeared alongside Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Alison Krauss and more on Raitt’s album Bonnie Raitt and Friends.
The full list of dates for the Bonnie Raitt tour is:
July 9th Manchester – Manchester Arena
July 10th Glasgow – SSE Hydro Arena
July 12th Leeds – First District Arena
July 13th Dublin – RDS Arena
July 15th London – Hyde Park
July 17th Cardiff – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena