Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

It’s bluesy, it’s groovy and makes you want to dance to it. This is an album with which any rock or blues fan could fall in love with from first listen.

After releasing 11 studio albums, being nominated for a Grammy, performing and packing venues like Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Beacon Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall, you would think that it would be impossible to do something more. A true musician, however, would never accept that as a “success”. As soon as you say “that’s it, I know and I did everything” then your career is over. Real musicians never stop learning and keep trying to push their own boundaries. One of these “real” musicians is Joe Bonamassa. After achieving all of the aforementioned, he is back with a new studio album; a follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Different Shades of Blue. Bonamassa is known as a blues guitarist virtuoso but the new album, Blues of Desperation, positions him as something more than an average blues guitarist.

The album starts off on a positive note with an uplifting and upbeat, groovy bluesy track in “This Train” which starts off our journey into this magnificent album. The second one sees Bonamassa go into heavier territory with a mean guitar on “Mountain Climbing” while third track, “Drive”, offers a break from the hard rock and dives straight into a slow-paced chill-out highway tune (think David Lynch meets Quentin Tarantino). He delivers lengthy, roaring and ear-piercing solos on “No Good Place for the Lonely” but can also deliver an acoustic Americana in “The Valley Runs Low” while “You Left Me Nothin’ but the Bill and the Blues” is a groovy-funky blues anthem. The album closes with the emotional ballad of “What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time”.

What makes this such a good album? The answer is simple: the songwriting. Yes, the production is outstanding and the execution of each instrument is as sweet as honey (and there are two drummers!!!). However, what completes the album is how each song was crafted individually and then compiled together to make a perfectly-flowing collection of songs. Whether they are upbeat, faster, slower or ballad-like, they are all memorable. Furthermore, it’s more than a blues album; it’s top quality music for everyone. It’s bluesy, it’s groovy and makes you want to dance to it. This is an album with which any rock or blues fan could fall in love with from first listen.

In order to stay relevant, you have to keep evolving, keep bringing new stuff to the table. Bonamassa is already known worldwide as a blues virtuoso, however, he knows he will only remain one if he keeps on pushing his own boundaries. And he delivered just that with Blues of Desperation. He delivered an album which not only tops Different Shades of Blue but also proves that he is truly a gifted musician. Probably his best album so far and maybe the best blues/rock release of the year. Can’t wait to hear these tracks performed in concert.

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Track List:
1. This Train
2. Mountain Climbing
3. Drive
4. No Good Place For The Lonely
5. Blues Of Desperation
6. The Valley Runs Low
7. You Left Me Nothin’ But The Bill And The Blues
8. Distant Lonesome Train
9. How Deep This River Runs
10. Livin’ Easy
11. What I’ve Known For A Very Long Time

Album Personnel:
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar / Vocals
Anton Fig – Drums
Greg Morrow – Drums
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Lee Thornburg – Horn
Paulie Cerra – Horn
Mark Douthit – Horn
Mahalia Barnes – Background Singer
Jade McRae – Background Singer
Juanita Tippins – Background Singer

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More Joe Bonamassa:
Official Website

Provogue / Mascot Label Group

Catch Joe Bonamassa live in the UK:

March 2016

19 March – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
20 March – Bournemouth, BIC
21 March – Plymouth, Pavilions

July 2016: A Salute to the British Blues Explosion
Joe Bonamassa pays homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page

2 July – Hoghton Tower
3 July – Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
5 July – Bristol, Colston Hall
7 July – London, Greenwich Music Time Festival
8 July – Newark Castle

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