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The Ballad of John Henry

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  • Posted October 1, 2010


    This is not straight ahead pure blues but blues influenced and one of the best I've heard in a long time. You take your chances when you buy a CD that has a hot guitar player. Are the songs just going to be exercises in how fast he can play? Can he sing a tune? Well Joe does it all quite well. His guitar playing is original and emotional. His singing is the real bonus here. I love his voice. And his version of the Tom Waits song "Jockey Full of Bourbon" is inspired. Great production too which makes the guitar sound different on each song. Way to go Joe!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bonamassa creates his own magical interpretation of Rock/Blues!

    From the opening title track through the whole CD, Joe reaffirms why he is called the best Blues/Rock guitarist of our time. Guitar is what he is all about - he makes those strings sing to us with "Stop" & "From the Valley" - but this album also shows us he has a voice. A voice that can make us feel the bluesy pain of "The Great Flood" then take us to the sunshine with "Feelin' Good." Joe's bass player, Carmine Rojas, who added his strength to many of the hits of Rod Stewart, David Bowie & Tina Turner through the late 80s to 90s, has found a perfect showcase for his talents with Bonamassa, as is shown on all of the music they have released together. If you have never heard their music, check out "Sloe Gin". I have been fortunate to see Joe Bonamassa (and Carmine) performing live in San Jose and Italy in 2008 and again in Denver in 2009. Meeting them face to face reveals they are not just great musicians, but good people who appreciate their fans. I have "Ballad of John Henry" on my I-pod, my car CD player and forever in my head. It haunts my mind in a wonderful way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joe does it again!

    Each new CD that makes just gets better and better. I can't get enough of his music.

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