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In an inspired pairing, L.A. blues queen Beth Hart teams up with rising guitar hero Joe Bonamassa to deliver a set of both classic and obscure soul and jazz tunes with an audacious edge. Hart lives up to her reputation for delivering gutsy, emotionally riveting performances in these tracks. She tops herself with ferocious readings of Ray Charles’ “Sinner’s Prayer” and Bill Withers’ “For My Friends”, infusing the former with blistering self-abasement and the latter with volcanic rage. She cools down for a tender, beseeching reading of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and radiates scathing bitterness on a cabaret-like version of Melody Gardot’s “Your Heart Is as Black as Night”. Bonamassa rises to the occasion as well, playing with nuanced authority. His full-bodied twang on “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and distorted riffage on “Chocolate Jesus” is a special treat. He shares lead vocals with Hart on a simmering, ultra-funky remake of Delaney & Bonnie’s “Well, Well”. Jeff Bova’s sumptuous string arrangements add yet another layer of richness to this inspired collaborative effort.

Customer Reviews

FINALLY Joe..... I think you are "Getting It" - from a die hard Older Fan

I'm sure this comment won't make its mark but this album - in my humble opinion - marks a long overdue demonstration of something that marks a great bluesman.
I've bought pretty much everything Joe has released but have been getting a little tired of the rapid succession of same-old guitar shredding an' a hollerin' albums.
I'm probably one of the older fans of Joe (mid 50's) but I am SOooooo pleased to see him getting into that thing which differentiates the great from the good. I recently saw him play in Singapore and while it was a brilliant evening of guitar pyrotechnics and very high standard musicianship; I came away dying to tell him to learn to SHUT UP once in a while. Don't get me wrong. It was a rare treat to have Joe bless Singapore with his presence and I loved every minute of it.
GREAT music - particularly in the vein of blues or R&B is as much about what guitarists don't play as it is about what they do play. It is the spaces in-between the notes that provide the air for the soul to breathe.
On this album Joe and the other players have found the muse by laying back and allowing a sterling voice to soar.
I'm loving it!!!! and if I could tell him in person I would say..... C'mon Joe.... We all know you are a master of the fretboard.... You don't have to prove that anymore. Let's hear what you are really capable of.
Bloody marvelous vicar!!!!!!

Brilliance would Explain it

I know Mr Bonamassa can do no wrong in my eyes but this even better than I could have hoped. Just buy and listen and enjoy.

WOW!

Beth's voice is as great as Joe's guitar-playing. An absolutely brilliant album.

Biography

Born: 08 May 1977 in Utica, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitar mastermind Joe Bonamassa, a young player with the childhood dream of playing music similar to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, was 22 when he inked a deal with Epic. Hailing from Utica, New York, Bonamassa could play the blues before he could drive a car. He first heard Stevie Ray Vaughan at age four and was instantly taken by Vaughan's high-powered playing. At age eight, he opened for B.B. King, and at age 12, he was playing regularly around upstate New York....
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