Joe Bonamassa Had To Cry Today on Limited Edition Import 180g LP
Following the success of his 2003 release, Blues Deluxe, a tribute album to the blues greats who influenced him most, Joe Bonamassa's fourth album Had To Cry Today (2004) further defined the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter as a force to be reckoned with - from his heartfelt and inspiring vocals to his seamless fusion of blues, rock and country. Incorporating influences of Chicago, Delta and British blues into original material, the influences of Had To Cry Today read like a who's who of blues. From the 40s and 50s music of B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy to the English invasion of the Yardbirds, Clapton and Cream, Had To Cry Today deftly elaborates on the many faces of modern music's most influential genre.
Co-writer, Grammy and Academy Award-winner, Will Jennings (Cocker/Warren's "Up where We Belong," Winwood's "Higher Love," Titanic's "My Heart will Go On") lends a hand with four tracks: "Around the Bend," When She Dances," "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and "When the Sun Goes Down." Says Jennings, "Joe Bonamassa is one of the finest guitar players I have ever come across. His music and playing are always inspiring. Joe makes some serious music." The album's two instrumentals are Bonamassa originals - "Revenge of the 10 Gallon Hat," a tribute to Joe's friend Danny Gatton and "Faux Mantini," evocative of Al Dimeola and John McLaughlin and their Friday Night in San Francisco recording.
Another notable track on Had To Cry Today is Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby." Says Bonamassa, "As a kid, I remember watching Robert Cray play his version at the Stanley Theater (in upstate New York) and just being in awe. An amazing, amazing player. For years I played the song at my live show and the audiences loved it, but I felt a little intimidated to record it, until now. Our version is a little heavier than the original. I hope fans will like it and I'm really proud of it."
Says Had To Cry Today producer Bob Held (Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Billy Squire): "Joe's technical skills and musical instincts are truly remarkable; and now, he's come into his own as a songwriter and vocalist. What he does with a guitar, he now does with his voice. His playing, voice and vision are matched - mature, exciting and full of his own brand of fire."