Joe Bonamassa - 2011 - Dust Bowl
1. Slow Train
2. Dust Bowl
3. Tennessee Plates (feat. John Hiatt)
4. The Meaning Of The Blues
5. Black Lung Heartache
6. You Better Watch Yourself
7. The Last Matador Of Bayonne
8. Heartbreaker (feat. Glenn Hughes)
9. No Love On The Street
10. The Whale That Swallowed Jonah
11. Sweet Rowena (feat. Vince Gill)
Dust Bowl is Bonamassa’s 9th studio release and his 6th collaboration with Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Journey, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith).
Shirley most recently produced Bonamassa’s 2010 release, Black Rock, which entered the UK album chart at #14.
A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play "This kid's potential is unbelievable...He's one of a kind."
Joe averages 200 shows every year, almost always playing to sold-out and ever-larger houses, and with each gig he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist.
As he heads back to the road in support of his new album, Bonamassa remains infinitely passionate about playing live, connecting with his audiences and making new fans along the way like Slash, who recently said, "Just saw Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland again. He's definitely my favourite guitarist now."
Producer Kevin Shirley explains; "Dust Bowl is very firmly rooted in the blues rock style, but definitely explores the outer reaches of the genre and showcases Joe's amazing virtuosity as he digs deep into his psyche in some lengthy and blistering guitar solos."
"This is the best album we've ever done," adds Bonamassa. "I'm finding more inspiration in storytelling in my 30's, in writing songs that are about something more profound than "my baby left me". I like albums that are made with the right intentions and sound organic and a little rough around the edges, like a great band playing live in the room, and that's what we accomplished with Dust Bowl."
Dust Bowl benefits from collaborations with legends Vince Gill, John Hiatt and Glenn Hughes. Gill lends his signature guitar stylings to the John Hiatt/John Porter-penned "Tennessee Plates", on which Hiatt duets with Bonamassa. Gill also plays on "Sweet Rowena", a song he composed with frequent writing partner Pete Wasner. Arlan Scheirbaum, Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin play on the Michael Kamen/Tim Curry track "No Love On The Street", and 'the voice of rock' Glenn Hughes sings on the Paul Rodgers-penned "Heartbreaker".
Dust Bowl is a blues-rock based album, but Bonamassa's guitar style and vocals pushes this recording to a more rich concept, his approach leans towards Classic Rock and 70's Hard Rock on more than one occasion.
As guitar player, his style is deep and complex, a true virtuoso. His polished sound reminds me of Eric Johnson on the melodic parts, and Stevie Ray Vaughan or Steve Morse when he decides to shred.
This album should appeal to any quality Classic Rock rock fan, or general guitar lovers.
Production & mix are superb, vivid and bright.
Joe Bonamassa - Vocals, Guitars
Carmine Rojas - Bass
Rick Melick - Keyboards
Anton Fig - Drums, Percussion
Glenn Hughes - Vocals
John Hiatt - Vocals
Vince Gill - Guitar
Arlan Scheirbaum - Keyboards
Last Updated (Saturday, 02 April 2011 10:50)