Joe Bonamassa's ability to connect with live concert audiences istransformational, and his new album, The Ballad Of John Henry,brings that energy to his recorded music more powerfully than everbefore. The ninth solo album and seventh studio release of hiscareer - as well as his fourth consecutive with producer KevinShirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, etc.) - the disc adds a heavydose of "swamp" to Bonamassa's virtuoso mix of '60s-era Britishblues-rock (à la Beck and Clapton) and roots-influenced Deltasounds.
Remarkably, the 2009 release of The Ballad Of John Henry coincideswith his twentieth year as a professional musician, anextraordinary timeline for a young artist just into his '30s. Achild prodigy, Bonamassa was finessing Stevie Ray Vaughan lickswhen he was seven and by the time he was ten,
After first hearing him play, BB King said, "This kid's potentialis unbelievable. He hasn't even begun to scratch the surface. He'sone of a kind." By age 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for theblues icon