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Recorded at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and The Cave in Malibu, CA, Driving Towards The Daylight is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa s signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians. We ve taken some really traditional old blues songs the Howlin Wolf song Who s Been Talkin ? and the Robert Johnson song Stones In My Passway, and we ve tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context, said Shirley. It s a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It s vibrant and it s gutsy and it s really, really rugged.

To challenge Joe and move him out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was gathered including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford (guitar), Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad s son Harrison Whitford (guitar).

The album features five Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener Dislocated Boy, the road warrior title track (and first single) Driving Towards The Daylight, I Got All You Need, Heavenly Soul, and Somewhere Trouble Don t Go. Other tracks include Bonamassa s versions of Tom Waits New Coat Of Paint, Lonely Town Lonely Street, by Bill Withers (Lean On Me, Ain t No Sunshine) and A Place In My Heart by Bernie Marsden of White Snake (Here I Go Again). On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit "Too Much Ain't Enough Love."

Currently available for sale on DVD and Blu-ray and airing on PBS and Palladia HD is the brand new Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre Live From New York, which showcases the stunning sold-out two-night performance at New York City s legendary Beacon Theatre last November. Special guests include Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt and Beth Hart.

Bonamassa s other recent projects include the 2011 CD/DVD Live Over Europe as well as the sophomore album 2 from Black Country Communion, Bonamassa s hard rock band with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol). His last studio album, 2011 s Dust Bowl, is his best-selling album to date.

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J&R Adventures
  • ASIN: B007R3AZNK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ken A on May 22, 2012
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I'm a huge Joe B fan and like almost anything he does. I was excited when I heard that he was releasing this album. When the samples showed up on Amazon, I ran thru them all and was decidedly disappointed. Not sure why I felt that way, but today when I could buy the MP3's, I did so, strictly on his rep.
WOW! Played entire songs thru my Sennheiser HD598s and was wildly thrilled with the driving music that I could now clearly hear.
Really simple advice, if you even kinda like Joe B., BUY THIS ALBUM. I think some of the songs could be huge popular crossover hits. But what do I know? I'm just a 63YO grandpa who has loved almost any kind of music all my life with favs in rock/blues.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Coach305 on May 22, 2012
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For his tenth studio album as a solo artist (and his 13th overall in the past 12 years), Joe Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley returned to Las Vegas, the site of their original collaboration (on 2006's "You and Me"). Seven of the eleven songs on the album were recorded in Vegas, at Studio at the Palms. The other four were recorded in Los Angeles. Aside from bassist Carmine Rojas, who plays on the four LA tracks, the musicians are not from his touring band, but rather an impressive collection of guest stars. Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and his 17-year-old son Harrison, Blondie Chaplin, and veteran session man Pat Thrall contribute on guitar. They are joined by Arlan Schierbaum on piano and organ, Michael Rhodes on bass, and Anton Fig on drums and percussion. Doug Henthorn contributes backing vocals, and producer Shirley even gets in on the act, performing on guitar, tambourine, toy piano (!), and (of course) cowbell. Joe handles the lead vocals on all the tracks except for the final one, where Aussie Jimmy Barnes takes the spotlight.

Joe describes the album as "a return to the thing I love most: the Blues." It is certainly that, although this is blues filtered through Joe's British-tinged sensibilities. If you prefer your blues to rock, Joe is your kind of guy.

The album opens with "Dislocated Boy," an up-tempo Bonamassa original that "wrote itself," according to Joe. Next up is a cover of blues legend Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway," which features a soulful vocal and a chunky, driving 12-string electric guitar. The album's title track, another Bonamassa original, shifts things into ballad mode, albeit a ballad with a powerhouse chorus based on a song fragment Joe had stored in his head for more than a decade.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin Webster on May 24, 2012
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I don't know how Joe Bonamassa manages to produce CD after CD with so much vitality while also undertaking such a long touring schedule plus a radio show. He is a rock blues artist and this CD leans towards his blues side, despite covering songs by Bill Withers & Tom Waits. I love his versions of Robert Johnson's `Stones In My Passway' and Howlin Wolf's `Who's Been Talking' which has an intro of about 30 seconds of an interview with Howlin Wolf. (and it works). However the stand out track for me is his version of the Bill Withers classic, `Lonely Town Lonely Street.' Joe Bonamassa fans will not be disappointed, and this CD is also a good introduction for those that are new to this great artist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2012
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*** Second review 9/7/2014 ***

Driving Towards the Daylight was the first Joe Bonamassa album that I listened to, and my original review is below. However, in the two years since then, I have become a student of Joe Bonamassa's catalog. With that in mind, I offer a second take in light of his complete body of work (prior to the release of Different Shades of Blue). Prior to this album, Bonamassa's music peaked with the pair of albums Sloe Gin and The Ballad of John Henry. While Black Rock and Dust Bowl were still very good albums, they were not of epic proportions of their predecessors. My short take is that Driving Towards the Daylight is somewhere in between. It doesn't belong in the same conversation with Sloe Gin and The Ballad of John Henry, but it is better overall that the experimental Black Rock and overly collaborative Dust Bowl.

Bonamassa has three original tracks on this album ("Dislocated Boy", "Driving Towards The Daylight", and "Heavenly Soul"). Each of these is a different in the style that it emphasizes, but they are all strong. The rocker of the bunch is "Dislocated Boy" while "Driving Towards The Daylight" and "Heavenly Soul" each have rich vocal harmonies to go along with more of a blues sound. Both of these feature the return of Doug Henthorn (who supplied lead vocals on "Tea For One" on You and Me), but he only supplies harmony here. In my book, this works much better than the collaborations on Dust Bowl (notably John Hiatt and Vince Gill). The extra depth Henthorn provides makes both of these tracks standout.

Among the cover songs, I liked "Who's Been Talking", "A Place In My Heart", and "New Coat Of Paint" the most.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boomerocity on August 12, 2012
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In my review of Joe Bonamassa's recent concert DVD, Joe Bonamassa Beacon Theater Live From New York, I wrote: "Okay, so here's the deal. Boomerocity is such a HUGE Joe Bonamassa fan that, by all accounts, every review we post should just read, `Love it. Buy it. Now! This review is no different."

What I wrote then holds true now: Love it. Buy it. Now!

For you tough ones who need convincing, here it goes.

Joe Bonamassa is, in Boomerocity's opinion, the pre-eminent guitarist of this generation. The young guitar prodigy is well beyond his years in writing, playing and performing and it shows in Driving Towards the Daylight.

The album has much of the same "hounds of Hell at the crossroads" sound that Bonamassa served up on his last album, Dust Bowl. You get that vibe from the first cut, Dislocated Boy, which is one of the four songs written by Joe.

Another great Bonamassa written tune is the title track. It oozes loneliness and desperation like no other song written in recent days. This tune has already been worthy of infinite slaps of the repeat button, it's that great. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this tune is picked up in the country charts either as recorded by Joe or recorded by someone like, say, Rascal Flatts.

A Place in My Heart is another - if not the - Boomerocity favorite. It sounds as though it might have been a tune written for the album he did with Beth Hart, Don't Explain and could've easily segued into or out of I'd Rather Go Blind. For that matter, I'd betcha a dollar to a Krispy Kreme donut (glazed and fresh out of the oven) that Sir Joe seques this song into Gary Moore's Still Got The Blues (for You) during at least one live performance. If it does, I sure hope that it makes it onto his next concert DVD . .
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