Joe Bonamassa – Dust Bowl review

Posted on 21 March 2011
By Matt Barden
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Taking time out from the super group Black Country Communion (where he plays alongside ex-Deep Purple man, Glenn Hughes and son of Zeppelin drummer, Jason Bonham), Joe Bonamassa is back to re-establish himself as a solo artist with his twelfth studio album, Dust Bowl.

Returning with a more mature sound than belies his age (33!) the album still has that old Bonamassa blues feel (check out the cover of Streisand’s Prisoner), but strays into a more rockier genre than fans will be used to.

The voice has evolved and JB seems to be growing in confidence as a lead man, but the true genius lies in his skills as a guitarist.

Handpicked at 12 years old to open for BB King by the legend himself, Joe’s style and skill have developed to produce one of the world’s greatest living guitarists.

Joe does not disappoint. Whether he is ripping his way through rock numbers like The Whale that Swallowed Jonah or making you tap those feet on the country tinged Tennessee Plates, the guitar icon never lets you forget what he does best.

The album is his most complete yet and possibly the best. Featuring appearances by legends like John Hiatt, Vince Gill and Glenn Hughes; pump up the volume and listen to blues-rock as it’s supposed to sound.

Catch Joe in the UK this October –

Dust Bowl was released on the 21st March on Provogue Record