Label: J&R Adventures
Bonamassa is seriously prolific. Not more than a year after the release of Black Rock, as well as Black Country Communion's sophomore effort, he drops Dust Bowl. Lovers of vintage blues rock need to explore this excellent album. The production -- inspired by Stevie Ray's early work with Double Trouble -- is dark, cloudy and intensely moody. On the six-string front, Bonamassa's playing is top-notch as always; it's his songwriting that's the greater revelation. He uses such classic American images as coal mining and the ravaged dust bowl of the 1930s as metaphors for his own weary soul.