Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"The album, made in collaboration with long time producer Kevin Shirley, breaks all the rules of genre, which is everything Joe’s ever-growing legion of fans have come to expect from his albums. Bonamassa is one of the most exciting artists in music, and Dust Bowl helps to solidify the fact that he can’t be pigeonholed into one musical class; blues, country, hard rock, even some spanish influences pepper the record. The diversity of his guitar playing carries a broad range of musical styles and influences, and the expert use of a deeply-rooted blues base gives the album a solid and consistent theme... One of the continuing key qualities of Joe Bonamassa’s albums is the sheer amount of energy, in which Dust Bowl is no exception. While many studio recordings are rather subdued in comparison to their live show counterparts, Joe’s albums consistently break that rather dull rule and seem to packed so full of energy that the music nearly explodes through the speakers. Dust Bowl is a surefire hit, and a must-have for anybody looking for the true evolution from delta blues to modern rock." -American Blues Scene
Personnel: Joe Bonamassa (vocals, guitar); Rick Melick (keyboards); Tal Bergman (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Shirley.
Liner Note Author: Joe Bonamassa.
Recording information: Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN; Black Rock Studios, Santorini, Greece; The Cave, Malibu, CA; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.
Illustrator: Dennis Friel.
Photographer: Kevin Shirley.
For his second solo album in a year -- not counting his excursion with Black Country Communion -- Joe Bonamassa, the hardest working blues-rock guitarist of the 21st century, strikes up a bit of a smoky Black Keys vibe, signaling that he's not quite as devoted to the past as he may initially seem. It's not the only trick he has up his sleeve, either. Appropriately enough for an album entitled Dust Bowl, Bonamassa kicks up some country dirt on this record, enlisting John Hiatt for a duet on the songwriter's "Tennessee Plates" and bringing Vince Gill in to play on the lazy shuffle "Sweet Rowena." These are accents to an album that otherwise sticks to Bonamassa's strong suit of blues in the vein of Cream, Stevie Ray, and Gary Moore, but it's just enough of a difference to give Dust Bowl a distinctive flavor and suggests that the guitarist's constant work is pushing him to synthesize his clear influences into something that is uniquely his own. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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