BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION guitarist Joe Bonamassa will release his 12th full-length solo album, "Dust Bowl", in Europe on March 21 and in the USA on March 22. The album will be promoted on Bonamassa's forthcoming 2011 "Dust Bowl" world tour that will take in America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Provogue Records has announced that a limited-edition digibook format of "Dust Bowl" will be released in Europe alongside the standard CD and vinyl editions of the same album.
This stunning limited-edition one time only print-run will include a comprehensive 8,000-word, 60-page digibook that chronicles Bonamassa's fascinating rise in popularity as one the most exciting blues guitarists of our time. Written with passion and authority by Henry Yates (guitar correspondent for Classic Rock, Total Guitar and Guitarist), the book also features never-before-seen, plus rare personal photographs from Joe's early childhood and his transition into a professional guitarist.
"Dust Bowl" is Bonamassa's ninth studio release on Provogue Records in Europe and his J&R Adventures label (which he created with long-time manager Roy Weisman) in the U.S. and his sixth collaboration with "Dust Bowl" producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH, BLACK CROWES, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION).
Shirley most recently produced Bonamassa's 2010 release, "Black Rock", which entered the U.K. album chart at No. 14 and 2010's self-titled debut album from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, the Bonamassa-helmed, British-American rock supergroup with Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH), Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER) and Derek Sherinian (BILLY IDOL, DREAM THEATER).
Recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece; Ben's Studio in Nashville, Tennessee; The Cave in Malibu, California; and The Village in Los Angeles, California; "Dust Bowl" combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since, plus a dose of Nashville in duets with legends John Hiatt and Vince Gill.
"'Dust Bowl'," Shirley explains, "is very firmly rooted in the blues, but definitely explores the outer reaches of the genre and showcases Joe's amazing virtuosity as he digs deep into his psyche in some lengthy and blistering guitar solos."
"This is the best album we've ever done," adds Bonamassa. "I'm finding more inspiration in storytelling in my 30s, in writing songs that are about something more profound than 'my baby left me.' I like albums that are made with the right intentions and sound organic and a little rough around the edges, like a great band playing live in the room, and that's what we accomplished with 'Dust Bowl'."
Along with the best of intentions, "Dust Bowl" benefits from collaborations with the best of Nashville, legends Vince Gill and John Hiatt. Gill lends his signature guitar stylings to the John Hiatt/John Porter-penned "Tennessee Plates", on which Hiatt duets with Bonamassa. Gill also plays on "Sweet Rowena", a song he composed with frequent writing partner Pete Wasner. Arlan Scheirbaum, Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin play on the Michael Kamen/Tim Curry track "No Love On The Street", and Glenn Hughes sings on the Paul Rodgers-penned "Heartbreaker".