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10 September 2010 @ 01:53 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #93: Black Country Communion "The Great Divide"  
Black Country Communion “The Great Divide”


Guitarist Joe Bonamassa was playing a gig at the House of Blues in CA and asked Glenn Hughes to come down to sing on a few songs. At that show they jammed on a couple tracks from Hughes’ catalog, an old Deep Purple song (“Mistreated”) and Trapeze’s “Medusa.” Immediately after the show, Joe’s long time producer, Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Rush, Iron Maiden, Journey), gathered Glenn & Joe together and suggested growing it into a full-blown project. Within hours they had drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) on board. The album recording came almost as quickly.

Hughes has one of the most distinctive voices in rock and Bonamassa is one of the best guitarists to emerge in the last 20 years – he may be flying under your radar, but I urge you to check out his solo work (a guitarist who never lets the instrument get in the way of the song). His solo work is more restrained with a sharp focus on the interest of the song, but Shirley and Hughes wanted to make this record about the guitar and they certainly did.

Turn it up to 11, sit back, and enjoy.

More BCC:
One Last Soul (live)
EPK pt 1
EPK pt 2