Joe Bonamassa is a young guitar virtuoso, in line with the likes of Derek Trucks and John Mayer (like Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd before them) to be the Next Blues-Rock Guitar Hero. So, It's Like That, his sophomore solo effort, includes production by Clif Magness, and his band includes drummer Kenny Kramme and bassist Eric Czar. Bonamassa shines when he is allowed to stretch out and explore, on songs such as the sonically varied "Pain and Sorrow." There, on a long improvisation, he works through myriad modes of playing, textures, and musical ideas.
Performance CreditsJoe Bonamassa Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hi String,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Clif Magness Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Drum Loop
Dave Bassett Background Vocals
Curt Schneider Background Vocals
Matt Wilcox Keyboards
Eric Czar Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Kenny Kramme Drums
Technical CreditsJoe Bonamassa Producer
Richard Feldman Producer
Clif Magness Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dan Marnien Engineer
Bryan Rackleff Graphic Design,Art Direction
Dave Bassett Producer
Matt Chiaravalle Producer
Tom Aveni Production Design
Tara Frank Production Director
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So, It's Like That based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Only in his mid-twenties, Joe Bonamassa has reportedly been honing his chops on Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters for over twenty of his years, ever since his Dad brought home Stevie Ray Vaughan's first album. On his second solo effort, Joe demonstrates his mastery of the instrument and his respect for the classic blues-rock roots in fine form. Bonamassa's first solo CD, 2001's "A New Day Yesterday" featured several classic deep cut blues-rock pieces, which Joe made his own with variations on the original themes and his blazing guitar work, and some self-written material. "So, It's Like That" consists entirely of originals. Joe borrows heavily from the Stevie Ray playbook in "Pain and Sorrow" and "Takin' the Hit"; the 10-minute former evolves into a Hendrix-style jam. Joe's tunes are well-put together, with good hooks and open structure which gives him plenty of room to improvise and jam. The base band is only a trio, with Eric Czar on an unusual 5-string bass and Kenny Kramme in back on the skins. These two have the chops to keep up with Bonamassa and provide good structure for the theme extensions and improvisations which Joe does masterfully. A limited-availability bonus on this CD is a two-hour DVD of a late 2001 concert. Get it before it is gone--Bonamassa's live performance is not to be missed. The trio cooks, embellishing the CD cuts with improvisations, and Joe never fails to delight with a few special classic covers. The DVD features a couple of special surprises, and in a February 2003 show, yours truly was treated to a version of the Jeff Beck Group's "Blues Deluxe" which blew me away. Buy Joe Bonamassa's CD's, let them grow on you, and grow with a young rising star!