of the things I really dig about Joe Bonamassa is he’s an all-in-one deal.
Play one of his CD’s and by the time you’re done you’ve had your Cream
fix, your Zeppelin fix, your Allman fix …Buddy Guy, B.B., Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal …
Humble Pie, Savoy Brown – the list goes on and on.
With Joe, you get all the major food groups in one very tasty blues-rock
Like all great musicians, Joe Bonamassa has his own voice.But like all great musicians, he’s a superb
student of what’s come before.
With apologies to the purists, here
are the songs that helped me figure out that The Blues was the thing:
·Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo
Child (Slight Return)
·Led Zeppelin –When The Levee
·The Doors –Riders On The Storm
·Canned Heat –On The Road Again
·Led Zeppelin –Since I’ve Been Loving You
·Elvis Presley –Heartbreak Hotel
·Johnny Winter –Highway 61 Revisited
·The Beatles –Come Together
·Creedence Clearwater Revival –Suzie-Q
Yeah, I know – but we all get there by different
roads.For me, Main Street was called Beatles
Avenue. Take a right at Rock & Roll
Drive, left on Psychedelic Boulevard, left again at Hard Rock Road, slip down a
back alley and you find this cool juke joint where they’re all playing:B.B., Muddy, Sonny Boy, Howlin’’ Wolf, Hooker …all of ‘em.
Here’s some Socratic reasoning:Tomorrow
Never Knows by The Beatles is an R&B tune because it has a hypnotic,
driving beat.It is also a folk song
because it’s carried by simple
strumming on an acoustic guitar.But it’s pretty heavy, so you could argue it’s a rock song.Or compromise and call it folk rock.
Then again it’s very trippy, so really it’s psychedelic rock – or maybe even early prog rock, since
it lifts from other genres and quotes strange modalities.
Or you could say it’s all of those things, which happens
to nicely sum up The Beatles.Now, if
you can say a single song can represent the diverse canon of the best group of
all time, then obviously that song is the best song of all time.
Buzz Hummer is a singer/songwriter living in Niagara, Canada.
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