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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dislocated Boy
  2. Stones In My Passway
  3. Driving Towards The Daylight
  4. Who's Been Talking?
  5. I Got All You Need
  6. A Place In My Heart
  7. Lonely Town Lonely Street
  8. Heavenly Soul
  9. New Coat Of Paint
  10. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
  11. Too Much Ain't Enough Love (w/ Jimmy Barnes)


Product Details

  • 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 (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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OK, I admit I mostly listen to classical music (and mostly Bach), and after that Jazz, and then, sometimes, usually in evening or night, Blues, but one night I happened to randomly hear (on internet) Black Night from Bonamassa's Sloe Gin CD. I had to stop, and I mean stop within about 5 seconds of the opening, and just listen. It was magnificent. Since then, I've been buying Bonamassa's CDs like crazy. I don't like all his stuff. I like him when he is blues, but this particular CD has a couple pieces that are incredible. The beginning of "Heavenly Soul" is up there as one of the great openers (and the solo! Jeez). And "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go" is really, REALLY good. But "A Place in My Heart" leaves me speechless every time I listen to it. It is pure, undistilled music. Several of the musical decisions he makes during that piece are simply amazing and even jarring, but they are the right decisions, you realize by the end. But it is the solo at about the two and half minute mark (which would be called an "aria" in classical music, and this IS an aria) and then the solo he LAUNCHES into (it would be a cadenza in classical music) but it is a solo like a Saturn rocket launch!, at around the third minute are both unbelievable, and then the transition at around 4:51…..this guy is really, REALLY good.. The whole song is…I don't know what to say…INCREDIBLY good. Thank God Bonamassa gives the tranquility of the last couple, closing minutes, so wise, because, without that, the emotion of the middle couple minutes is almost too much to take. Words, chords, solo voice singing, solo guitar singing (!), solo virtuosity, surprises, emotion, power (and it IS powerful). Listen to this, late at night, in the dark, loud….you will have an experience you will not forget.
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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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As stated many times I am an electric blues fanatic and pride myself in exploring and enjoying the few modern electric blues centered artists... as well as going back in time... all the way to Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf... and coming back to the future with loving interludes along the way with Otis Rush... T-Bone Walker... The Butterfield Blues Band... Luther Allison... the great Albert King... Stevie Ray Vaughan... and the ageless Buddy Guy... and everything in between. And the beauty of Joe Bonamassa between the "notes" and his songs... is his knowledge and endearment of all the commercially unrewarded bluesman that lit and carried the original torch. This includes dedicating his free time to speaking to school children about the blues. Now I admit I was spoiled by Joe's modern classic "BLUES DELUXE" ... and I constantly made it abundantly clear that I was disappointed and yearning for more electric blues from him as he released CD after CD. Though creatively successful, the many CD's in between were nothing to be scoffed at... and his most recent (prior to this) CD with Beth Hart was absolutely beautiful (I gave it a 5-star-review)... it still left me yearning for a bigger concentration of electric-blues. Well this foot-stomping-electric-blues-rock-ballad-release should make anyone who loves Joe's work... no matter which of these previously mentioned categories are their favorite... more than happy. They should be near ecstatic... I know I am.

For sheer foot stomping... string bending... electric blues... beautifully mixed with some songs that might be just a micrometer away from blues... into the rock category... each songs brilliance... makes it impossible to complain. As Abe Lincoln once said: "YOU CAN PLEASE SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME...
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