LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dust Bowl (J&R Adventures), the new album from multi-talented blues-rock guitar hero, singer-songwriter and Billboard's #1 Blues Artist Joe Bonamassa comes out today, Mar. 22. In honor of the release, fans can get a free download of the first single "Dust Bowl" at www.jbonamassa.com/DustBowl.
Bonamassa's twelfth full-length solo album, produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, has quickly received an abundance of glowing critical acclaim. Premier Guitar called it "A blues-rock achievement... his best record to date," and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The Dallas Morning News described it as "thematic and expansive... a blues-rocking tour-de-force from an artist who knows no other way of making music." And The Orange County Register said Joe is "unquestionably among our greatest living guitarists, destined to be counted among the greatest of all-time."
Dust Bowl was recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece; Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN; The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA.
It combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since and adds a dash of country from Joe's collaborations with the best of Nashville including legends Vince Gill and John Hiatt. Premier Guitar's Oscar Jordan describes the album as a "widescreen John Ford-style panorama" with "ominous cinematic imagery of trains, cotton fields, heartache, alienation, evil women, and death."
The album opener "Slow Train" "explodes into a fusion of gritty blues and hard rock; Joe's blistering guitar and falsetto create both a haunting and electrifying start to an exquisite album," says American Blues Scene. Other tunes such as "No Love On The Street," "Prisoner," and "The Meaning of the Blues" "play like epics," says The Dallas Morning News.
Standout originals include the "stomping blues" tune "Black Lung Heartache," the "moving" "The Last Matador of Bayonne," and "The Whale That Swallowed Jonah."
Bonamassa duets with Hiatt and trades licks with Gill on the John Hiatt/John Porter-penned "Tennessee Plates" which The Sun calls a "country romp." Other album collaborators include Bonamassa's Black Country Communion bandmate Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) who lends his legendary voice to the Paul Rodgers song "Heartbreaker." Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin can be heard on Michael Kamen/Tim Curry's desperate blues track "No Love On The Street."
Last month Bonamassa kicked off the first leg of his North American tour. He heads next to Europe, Asia and Australia, makes a quick stop back in the U.S. for a summer tour with his hard-rock band Black Country Communion, and then heads back out for more dates in Europe. Fall European, U.K. and U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.
Classic Rock Magazine recently hailed Bonamassa as the "Savior of the Blues" and Guitar World named him "The New Blues Titan."
Come see what everyone is talking about.
Dust Bowl Tracklisting:
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 (feat. Beth Hart)
10. The Whale That Swallowed Jonah
11. Sweet Rowena (feat. Vince Gill)
SOURCE J&R Adventures