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Dust Bowl

Joe Bonamassa

℗ 2011 Provogue Records PRD 7333

Joe Bonamassa  2011  Dust Bowl

Los Angeles, CA, January 19, 2011: Multi-talented blues-rock guitar hero, singer-songwriter, and member of Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa will release his twelfth full-length solo album, Dust Bowl, on March 22, 2011. This is Bonamassas ninth studio release on his own J&R Adventures label, which he created with longtime manager Roy Weisman. Dust Bowl was produced by Kevin Caveman Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin) making it their sixth collaboration in five years. Shirley most recently produced Bonamassas 2010 release Black Rock, which debuted at #1 on Billboards Blues Chart and #39 on the Top 200, and the 2010 debut album from Black Country Communion, Bonamassas English-American rock band with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol).

Dust Bowl was recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece, Bens Studio in Nashville, TN, The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. It combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassas first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds hes mastered in the years since and adds a dash of country from Joes collaborations with the best of Nashville including legends Vince Gill and John Hiatt.

Dust Bowl, Shirley explains, is very firmly rooted in the Blues, but definitely explores the outer reaches of the genre and showcases Joes amazing virtuosity as he digs deep into his psyche in some lengthy and blistering guitar solos.

This is the best album weve ever done, adds Bonamassa. Im finding more inspiration in storytelling in my 30s, in writing songs that are about something more profound than my baby left me. I like albums that are made with the right intentions and sound organic and a little rough around the edges, like a great band playing live in the room, and thats what we accomplished with Dust Bowl.

On the John Hiatt/John Porter-penned Tennessee Plates, Hiatt duets with Bonamassa and Vince Gill lends his signature guitar stylings. Gill also plays on Sweet Rowena, a song he composed with frequent writing partner Pete Wasner. Arlan Scheirbaum, Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin play on the Michael Kamen/Tim Curry track No Love On The Street, and Glenn Hughes sings on the Paul Rodgers-penned Heartbreaker.

The album opens with Bonamassa originals Slow Train, an old-style British Blues song, and title track Dust Bowl, the albums first single. The title track of the album just describes my life. It really fits my voice, it fits me as a solo artist and just has a really nice feel to it. Other standout originals include Black Lung Heartache, The Last Matador of Bayonne, and The Whale That Swallowed Jonah.