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Bonham, Hughes join Black Country group

Blues singer Joe Bonamassa performs in concert at the Sinatra Theater at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on May 3, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
Blues singer Joe Bonamassa performs in concert at the Sinatra Theater at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on May 3, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa have formed a group called Black Country, the U.S. record label J&R Adventures said.

The band's name comes from the industrial area in England from which Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and Hughes, formerly of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, hail. Sherinian founded the band Planet X and also played for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol and Kiss. Bonamassa founded the group Bloodline and has played with a long list of top-flight musicians, including Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

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The group is in the studio with producer Kevin Shirley, cutting tracks for an upcoming album to be released late this year or early 2011, the label said.

"The songs are all original and what a lineup. They are all the very best players in the world, for my money," Shirley said on his Web site. "Jason Bonham is a totally unique drummer and a supreme, yet oh-so-tasty powerhouse. Derek Sherinian is super versatile, and is playing mostly over-driven Hammond organ in this ensemble and is the color on the palette. Glenn Hughes plays bass and sings with a range very, very few can even get close to, and Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the best blues rock guitarist around, plays hard riffing guitar as well as adding his signature vocals alongside Glenn.

"You'll just have to wait -- we're planning to get this out late summer, and it's promising to be phenomenal!"

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