Bonamassa Takes Home Award From Blues Music Awards

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The Blues Foundation held the annual 33rd Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 in Memphis. Normally the event runs for hours at a time, hosting performances by dozens of musicians. The awards ceremony was broadcasted on Sirius XM satellite radio and will soon be aired nationally on PBS channels. Airing details yet to be announced.

Joe was nominated for the Rock Blues Album Award. Also nominated for the same award was George Thorogood, Mike Zito, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, and Warren Haynes. Joe took home the award for his 2011 album, Dust Bowl. Congratulations to Joe, Rick, Carmine, and Tal. A very well deserved award for such a great album.

A Young Joe With B.B. King


Joe Bonamassa first opened for B.B King at age 11. In fact, he wrote an essay about it in school. His teacher at the time, didn’t believe Joe’s story about opening for B.B. King. He believed him the next day, when Joe’s teacher brought in a copy of the local newspaper and asked Joe to sign the front page.

He is pictured above with the King himself, B.B. King. This photo was probably taken when Joe was around the age of 12. On Joe’s Fender, you can see Mr. King’s autograph. In a documentary filmed several years later, B.B. King described Joe to be “One of a kind”.

That proved correctly today with Joe’s new album Dust Bowl starting off at #37 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #1 at the Billboard Blues Chart.

Walmart To Sell Exclusive Two Disc Dust Bowl


Did you know that Walmart is going to be featuring a two disc set of Joe’s new album Dust Bowl? This two disc set is going to be released on April 12th and will only be purchasable via and In-store. For Joe to get a deal like this could be huge, just think of how many Walmarts are near you right now!

The second disc in the set is a collaboration disc of Joe’s greatest hits. It will feature a good amount of tracks. Not too sure about how many will be on the disc just yet. I’m wondering if it will be like the Blues in the Schools promo disc, which has eleven. So stay tuned for April 12th, check out a Walmart near you. Great collectors item and we can’t forget Walmart’s low price of $11.88. Check out the official product page on

Dust Bowl Number at #4 On UK Charts


Joe’s new album Dust Bowl has debuted at number 4 on the UK Charts. This is the overall music chart for the UK featuring all genres of music. This a very good start for Joe in the UK and if you remember, Black Country Communion’s CD debuted #1 on this chart. Dust Bowl has almost been out for a week now and is getting raving reviews. We’d like to hear how you like it!

Dust Bowl Amazon Ranking


Dust Bowl has officially been released today and it is already doing great at online retailer, Dust Bowl is currently outselling such artists as Britney Spears, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Pink. This is proof that blues is still alive, believe it or not. Being #15 overall is great considering how many albums are sold on Amazon. Congrats Joe! Stay tuned as we post all of the online reviews of Joe’s new album, Dust Bowl. Pick up your copy today.

Background Voice On Dust Bowl


On Joe Bonamassa’s new album, the title track Dust Bowl has a mysterious background voice.  You’ll hear it fade in and out from time to time, as you can hear in the video above. The voice is done by Peter Van Weelden. Most of you know Peter from his amps that he makes for Joe. He is the master of amps.

Peter is pictured above from the Black Rock Studio recording sessions for Dust Bowl in Santorini, Greece. It’s definitely a great addition to the song, no complaints at all. The track sounds better on the album. It’s more distinguished and easier to hear. As I’ve said  before, the album is a must have. Just one of the many cool surprises on Dust Bowl, order your copy today if you haven’t already. Is it March 22nd yet?

Dust Bowl by Joe Bonamssa Review


Pictured above is my copy of Joe Bonamassa’s new album, Dust Bowl. The album came in the mail today and made by day to say the least. I’m honored to receive it in advance, so that I can share it with all of you. Excuse the picture quality, it was taken with my Blackberry! Let’s start off by going song by song.

The first song we hear on the album is Slow Train. This tune was performed live in the fall 2010 tour. The song sounds exactly like it did live, just amazing. The intro of the song builds up to an amazing guitar solo. Dust Bowl then comes rolling in. Dust Bowl does not disappoint as being the title of track of the album. Joe is always willing to surprise us with new guitar riffs and techniques, the opening of this song is a clear example of that. Joe’s voice proves to be strong on this one. After Dust Bowl, we roll into the tune that features John Hiatt. Tennessee Plates is one of John Hiatt’s original tunes that Joe covers. Joe’s vocals sound great on the song, he opens the song. He switches verses with John Hiatt. Great Duet and Joe plays guitar along Vince Gill. Chad Cromwell also plays drums on this track.


Up next is a song titled “The Meaning of the Blues”. This could very well be the “bluest” song on the whole CD. Hearing this song bring me back to the Blues Deluxe and You & Me era. The song opens a bit slow, with some great singing and breaks into a crazy guitar solo. You thought Joe played fast before?!? Wait till you hear this one, folks. It will just make your head spin in circles. We then go into a song titled “Black Lung Heartache”. This song to me, brings back memories of “The River”. We have a song that has a nice intro, with the opening verses and next thing you know, you’re listening to some powerful electric guitar playing, that has a great British sound to it. Up next is “You Better Watch Yourself”. This is another great fast paced blues song. Would be great to see live, it’s that type of song! The Last Matador Of Bayonne is a slower song, also blues orientated.  We get to hear some of Joe’s great slow guitar playing, where you can literally hear one note at a time, just amazing! Tony Cedras plays the trumpet on this song.


We’ve know that Joe has been a long time fan of Paul Rodgers. He shows us again on this cd, by covering the song “Heartbreaker”. Joe is singing on this song with band mate Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion). This is a great classic rock song, it would fit in perfectly on the setlist at a Black Country Communion gig. I hope it is played live. Sirens open our next song, “No Love On The Street”, which was originally down by Tim Curry. Once the sirens cut out, Joe’s gives us a great guitar riff, which goes into the first verse. Not really a blues song in my opinion, Joe’s voice sounds great though. You’ll also hear Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin on guitar. “The Whale That Swallowed Jonah” is a very upbeat song and that is exactly how it starts off. Joe’s guitar playing on this track is enough to make one drool, literally. His voice also shines out on this song. This might be my favorite Joe Bonamassa original on the whole album. This song is a fine example of how Joe can steer us in different music directions. Great Rock tune. Vince Gill appears on “Sweet Rowena” with Joe. Vince Gill takes the lead vocals on this track, with Joe doing backup vocals. The two of them sound great together. Vince Gill is a great guitar player too. Finally, the last track on the album is “Prisoner”. This track is mainly a vocal powered track, which sounds great. His voice just  continues to get better and better, which is made very clear by this album.

Overall, how could you not want this CD. It’s Joe Bonamassa’s best album to date, in my opinion. The combination of Kevin Shirley and Joe Bonamassa is just amazing, they push each other in new directions with every recording. Kevin has the skill of really catching Joe at his best. The whole disc sounds great. Not to mention, the featured guest appearances by John Hiatt, Vince Gill, Glenn Hughes, Chad Cromwell, Beth Hart, Michael Rhodes, Peter Van Weelden, Tony Cedras, Blondie Chaplin, Arlan Schierbaum, Reese Wynans, and Steve Nathan to top it off. Bottom line is that Joe continues to get  better and better. Joe is the best of the best, when it comes to guitar playing. A guitar player’s favorite. Pre-order the CD today, if you haven’t already. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Dust Bowl Due Out March 22nd


Joe’s latest and greatest new album titled Dust Bowl will be hitting store shelves on Tuesday, March 22nd. This is Bonamassa’s 9th studio release and will sure be debuting number one on the Billboard Blues Chart.  The new album features appearances by John Hiatt, Glenn Hughes, and Vince Gill.

Album Track Listing:

  1. Slow Train
  2. Dust Bowl
  3. Tennessee Plates (featuring 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 (featuring Glenn Hughes)
  9. No Love On The Street
  10. The Whale That Swallowed Jonah
  11. Sweet Rowena (featuring Vince Gill)
  12. Prisoner

The album was recorded in various 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. Also appearing on the record is Arlan Scheirbaum, Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin, who play on the Michael Kamen/Tim Curry track “No Love On The Street”. 

In support of this album release is Bonamassa’s World Tour which will touch upon the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Check out the latest tour dates here and stay tuned for more news about Dust Bowl including my own personal review.