As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the worlds greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational.
In May 09, he played to a sold out crowd at Londons Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. During the show, Bonamassas hero, Eric Clapton, joined him on stage for a joint-performance of Claptons hit Further On Up The Road. Londons The Independent said about the show, The man has arrived, and theres no turning back.
In 2009, Joe was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the U.K.s prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards and Classic Rock magazine has said, Theyre calling him the future of blues, but theyre wrong Joe Bonamassa is the present; so fresh and of his time that he almost defines it. He was also named Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazines 2009 Readers Choice Awards for the third consecutive year. Guitar Player writer Matt Blackett has said, Hes an old soul, and that comes through in his bends, vibrato, singing voice, and note choices, which with each passing year get more restrained and refined.
2009 also marked Bonamassas twentieth year as a professional musician, an extraordinary timeline for a young artist just into his 30s. A child prodigy, Bonamassa was finessing Stevie Ray Vaughan licks when he was seven and by the time he was ten, had caught B.B. Kings ear. After first hearing him play, King said, This kids potential is unbelievable. He hasnt even begun to scratch the surface. Hes one of a kind. By age 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for the blues icon and went on to tour with venerable acts including Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman.
Had to Cry Today is his fourth studio album. Produced by Bob Held, it was released on August 24, 2004 by J&R Adventures and reached number five on the US Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. The title of the album is a reference to the song of the same name by English blues rock band Blind Faith from their 1969 self-titled album.
"Blues-rock guitar wizard Joe Bonamassa can make a set of electric six-strings burn and wail, but like many such guitarists, he still requires focus for it to be truly special. Such intense focus is a hallmark of Had To Cry Today. While some guitarists squander notes, Bonamassa makes each one count whether he's engaging in country-flavored picking (the late, great Danny Gatton was clearly an influence), blistering rock-edged blues, or turbulent, inspired jamming. Today delivers on Bonamassa's previous promise in a big way." - Rovi, allmusic.com
180 Gram Vinyl
1. Never Make Your Move Too Soon
2. Travellin' South
3. Junction 61
4. Reconsider Baby
5. Around The Bend
6. Revenge Of The 10 Gallon Hat
1. When She Dances
2. Had To Cry Today
3. The River
4. When The Sun Goes Down
5. Faux Martini