Blues of Desperation

Blues of Desperation

by Joe Bonamassa


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Despite its hardscrabble title -- a sentiment mirrored by the deeply etched black & white cover art -- 2016's Blues of Desperation is very much a continuation of the bright, varied blues-rock heard on Different Shades of Blue. On that 2014 album, Joe Bonamassa made a conscious decision to pair with a bunch of Nashville songsmiths to help sharpen his original material, and he brings most of them back for Blues of Desperation, too. The tenor of the tunes is somewhat heavy -- there are lonesome trains, low valleys, no places for the lonely -- and the production also carries a ballast, something that comes into sharp relief on the Zep-flavored title track but can be heard throughout the record. Often, he returns to this revved-up blues -- something that's more appealing when it boogies ("You Left Me Nothin' But the Bill and the Blues") than when it slams ("Distant Lonesome Train") -- and while that anchors the bulk of the record, the moments that linger are the departures. Usually, this arrives in the form of some flirtation with soul -- it's an undercurrent on "No Good Place for the Lonely" but it comes to the surface on the gilded "The Valley Runs Low" -- but the most fun is the vintage New Orleans shuffle of "Livin' Easy," a song that suggests Bonamassa may have surprises in store if he ever decides to shelve his trusty Les Pauls for the course of a full record.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2016
Label: J&R Adventures
UPC: 0804879535645
catalogNumber: 53564
Rank: 5475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bonamassa   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lead
Mark Douthit   Soloist
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano
Paulie Cerra   Saxophone
Juanita Tippins   Background Vocals
Mahalia Barnes   Background Vocals
Jade McRae   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James House   Composer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer
Jeff Bova   String Arrangements
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Kevin Shirley   Producer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Jerry Flowers   Composer
Dale Voelker   Art Direction
Roy Weisman   Executive Producer,Chief Officer
Jared Kvitka   Engineer
Jeffery Steele   Composer
Rachael Iverson   Production Director,Marketing
Zack Dewall   Engineer
Robb Aaron Gordon   Cover Photo

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