Joe Bonamassa - Blues Of Desperation
The human blues guitar playing production line that is Joe Bonamassa created one of his best albums in Blues Of Desperation which was released last year and with a UK tour upcoming it is time to look back at it.
The album kicks off with a duo of catchy rockers, This Train and Mountain Climbing, both get the head nodding and the feet tapping. The use of some mournful strings on No Good Place For The Lonely embellish JoBo’s classy long solo making for a truly breath-taking track. And interestingly, the title track reminds me of Sonny Landreth, especially with his singing and slide playing, no bad thing at all. How Deep This River Runs see’s Bonamassa blitz his guitar, the solo is quite extraordinary.
This album shows Bonamassa continuing to mature in his guitar playing and song writing and evolve into one of the finest bluesmen of his generation and a master of the guitar. Every track on this album is great and there are quite a few which are beyond stunning as producer Kevin Shirley continues to work with JoBo to deliver simply the best of the best.
The copy we received for reviewing is the Limited Deluxe Silver Edition which has a sumptuous booklet attached to the thick card sleeve. It describes all the guitars he uses on the album with some fabulous photographs of said guitars too – if you can get this Edition it is well worth it, trust me, especially if you are a guitar fan.
In addition to the upcoming tour there is a live acoustic DVD due for release in June, a new Black Country Communion album pencilled in for an August release (I can’t wait for that one) and there will be BCC gigs too… they were outstanding at Manchester’s Academy 1 a few years back. He is back in the studio in July to record another solo album – the mans work rate is simply incredible.
Joe Bonamassa hits the road in the UK shortly; we strongly suggest you get along as this is going to be one outstanding show and we are looking forward to hearing these tunes played live:
Tuesday 18th April 2017 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Thursday 20th April 2017 – Royal Albert Hall, London
Friday 21st April 2017 – Royal Albert Hall, London
Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Opera House, Blackpool
Monday 24th April 2017 – Arena, Sheffield
Words: Anthony Firmin | Photos: Laurence Harvey (top), Marty Moffatt (bottom)