Brooklyn-born New York Blues Hall of Famer Regina Bonelli is stepping forward to claim her rightful place among today's contemporary soul-blues divas on her new album “Love Letter,” released on True Groove Records. “Love Letter” is a blues-meets-R&B tsunami from the first single “Don't You Put Your Hands On Me” and the melancholy Al-Green-meets-Etta-James groove of "A Little Rain Must Fall" through the updated and socially relevant stomp of her cover of The Rolling Stones classic "Paint It Black," as well as her signature cold-blooded blues on the lushly orchestrated, stunning title track.
Regina writes blues tunes inspired by her own life and the world around her. She is an electrifying performer and is receiving standing ovations, backed by her A-list band The True Groove All-Stars. Regina has shared the stage with music icons such as Bobby Rush, Paul Simon, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Blues Traveler, Popa Chubby and Ronnie Earl, to name a few. "This collection of songs represents empowerment and healing in a world so sorely in need of both,” Bonelli says. “These are trying times we live in today, and I hope that the messages in these songs reach into the souls of the listeners. I truly believe that this is what music can do, especially the blues."
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Marty's review: Regina Bonelli delivers a powerful dose of soul-drenched, stylish blues on this latest release. Produced by Tomas Doncker and James Dellatacoma all the elements for a top-flight blues-soul outing are here from masterful guitar licks, tight rhythms and Regina's powerful vocal delivery. The masterful, original songwriting on 8 of the 9 tracks is emotional and introspective and the cover of "Paint It Black" is exhilarating and soars. An exceptional album all round and sure to please blues-soul fans.