Joe Bonamassa is set to release his 12th full-length solo album, Dust Bowl on March 21, 2011. The album will be promoted on Bonamassa's forthcoming 2011 Dust Bowl World Tour that will take in America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.
'Dust Bowl' is Bonamassa's 9th studio release on Provogue Records in Europe and his 6th collaboration with Dust Bowl's 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 UK album chart at # 14 and 2010's self-titled debut album from Black Country Communion, the Bonamassa-helmed, British-American rock supergroup.
Recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Greece, Ben's Studio in Nashville, The Cave in Malibu, and The Village in Los Angeles, '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.
"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'.