Guitar great Joe Bonamassa will release a his "lucky" 13th solo album, "Driving Towards The Daylight" on May 22nd via J&R Adventures. The album was produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada; The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, California; and The Cave in Malibu, California.
An official press release states:
"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."
As expected, the musicianship is top notch on the album, with guests including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad's son Harrison Whitford (guitar).
Speaking from the studio in Vegas, Brad whitford said, "This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early '60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we'll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway."
Four Bonamassa-penned originals made the album: the opener 'Dislocated Boy', the title track (and first single, 'Driving Towards The Daylight', 'Heavenly Soul' and 'Somewhere Trouble Don't Go'. Other tracks include covers of Tom Waits' 'New Coat Of Paint', 'Lonely Town Lonely Street' by Bill Withers, 'A Place In My Heart' by Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake, and 'I Got All You Need', by Willie Dixon. Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit 'Too Much Ain't Enough Love' to complete the album.
Once a week for the next ten weeks, 'Countdown to Daylight', a new reality series of 3-4 minute webisodes featuring interviews with Joe and his band as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording 'Driving Towards The Daylight' in the studio. Tune in every Friday for a new episode on JBTV, Joe's official YouTube channel, and check out the first webisode below.
'Driving Towards The Daylight' track listing:
1. Dislocated Boy
2. Stones In My Passway
3. Driving Towards The Daylight
4. Who's Been Talkin'?
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)