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18 August 2011 @ 08:01 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #126: Joe Bonamassa "Prisoner"  
Three weeks straight I’m featuring covers, that’s strange for me. Since I’d never come across the Barbra Streisand version of this (the love theme from the 1978 film “Eyes of Laura Mars” I guess), Joe’s version was the first one I’d heard. It’s on his latest solo album, Dust Bowl, released earlier this year.

There’s so much to like about the album, but it’s this song, the album closer, that gets me every time. The emotional guitar work, the passionate vocal (sorry Babs, as good as you are, there’s no touching Joe on this one), you can feel the emotion in his voice. The initial drum fill locks down a groove that Joe solos over briefly. That groove comes quick and just drives forward. Your head becomes an instant bobblehead, rocking back and forth in time.


Joe’s firmly planted a seed and grown roots in the Blues genre in the past 10 years with more than a handful of #1 albums under his belt, but if Classic Rock radio still played good, new music, he’d have a home on radio. Something like this would be a refreshing treat instead of the 12th spin of “Whole Lotta Love” and “Hotel California” for the week.

If you’ve been missing out on Joe, don’t be. He’s gigging year round, releasing a record a year – 3 this year though, one solo, one with Black Country Communion (featuring Joe, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame, Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason, and ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian), as well as an album with songwriter Beth Hart due out in September.

You might be wondering who’s the future of rock and roll is, well, Bonamassa and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are my vote.

More Joe Bonamassa:
Black Lung Heartache
You Better Watch Yourself
Slow Train
The Ballad of John Henry

Black Country Communion:
Man in the Middle
One Last Soul

Bonamassa & Hart:
Well Well