JOE BONOMASSA - DUST BOWL
Joe Bonamassa is nothing if not prolific, releasing an album a year since 2000 despite touring relentlessly. That's a refreshing change from the modern norm of artists going years between releases/tours.
Dust Bowl is the latest in Joe's increasingly-impressive catalog, featuring blistering solos and arresting vocals in Joe's trademark style.
Joe's partner-in-crime from Black Country Communion, Glenn Hughes, joins in for a duet on the Paul Rodgers/Free classic "Heartbreaker," and their affection for the material comes across in a fine performance.
Another cover, of the Tim Curry/Michael Kamen grinder "No Love On the Street," keeps the classic blues-rock vibe going and features guests Beth Hurt and Blondie Chaplin. Vince Gill drops in for a visit on a cover of his "Sweet Rowena," a guitar/vocal duet that is one of the album's high points.
Artists will always describe their most recent work as "the best yet" (as Joe does in the liner notes here), but in this case I tend to agree.
This is a collection of finely-crafted performances in a variety of styles, with Joe's signature guitar work and vocals that have never seemed more relaxed and confident. Recommended!
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