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Fire in the belly
on 18 June 2004
With every new name comes the inevitable comparisons with the "originals" and you can hear them all here! So what does Joe have to offer us, and should you buy the cd?
Well he has fire in his belly. From the very first opening heavy SRV funk to the resonator slide outings, Joe Bonamassa can make your heart beat faster. The playing is passionate and the backing from Eric Czar on Bass and Kenny Kramme on drums is funky, tight and faultless. Stevie Ray Vaughan is in here in spades and although it is difficult to compare these two the same level of intensity comes through. This cannot be said about the other copycat artists and Bonamassa has a great voice - reminiscent a bit of Derek Trucks.
Nice to hear a Buddy Guy track in 'Man of Many Words' and he plays lyrically with conviction and authenticity. So if you like your blues 'straight ahead' , a bit more rock than country, and singing that does the same, Joe is your man.
While his youth gives him away and some self indulgency is forgivable at this level of playing, my guess is that this is not the best he can do. Still, buy it and start to follow this man, he is going to reward us with something excellent in the future.