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JOE BONAMASSA EVOLVES AS BLUES-ROCK MUSICIAN WITH HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM BLUES OF DESPERATION, OUT MARCH 25
GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa will release his brand-new studio solo album, Blues of Desperation, on March 25, 2016. Like his previous solo disc, 2014’s Top 10 Billboard hit Different Shades of Blue, this record features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the blues-rock genre like no other artist working today. With 11 original songs, Blues Of Desperation will be another highlight in his overwhelming career so far: “It’s bluesy. And it’s big, and it’s got a cool title. … It was written in Nashville, recorded in Nashville. It was recorded mostly as a power quartet – two drums, bass and guitar. It was a lot of fun. The album sounds energetic and what rock music needs to be – less precise and thought-out. Of course the blues roots are there, but this record will need to be played loud. I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician,” says Bonamassa, “somebody who isn’t resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.”
Blues of Desperation is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of “This Train” (Joe’s guitar is set to “rude” throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad “What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time” to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of “The Valley Runs Low,” on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Marnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there’s the bleary, tequila-soaked “Drive,” dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could David Lynch green with envy.