Joe Bonamassa, The Ballad Of John Henry, 2009
Like probably a lot of people I had heard of Joe Bonamassa before, but as I am not the greatest blues lover in the world, I always hesitated to buy one of his records. But a while back I heard the opening track of this one and was very impressed. So the waiting days are over, I had to have this.
And indeed, that opening title track is a monster. A fierce slow riff on a pounding beat. Great stuff I can listen to all day. Next is a cover of a song most of us will know from British singer Sam Brown, Stop!. This gets the blues treatment here and, despite not being as good as the the opener, is still an enjoyable ditty. So onwards the level of interest keeps changing. But I reckon in time I will appreciate the blues workouts a little more… I am glad to have this and am sure that people who like their blues a little rockier, or their rock a little bluesier, will appreciate this.
By the way, just after releasing a new album, talk is that Joe is participating in a new super group called Black Country Communion, together with Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham. One to watch out for!
Personal play tips: The Ballad Of John Henry, Story Of A Quarryman, Happier Times.