August 18, 2008
Joe Bonnamassa came to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio on August 18 with a score to settle; his June headlining spot at the venue’s blues festival was rained out due to severe storms. Quickly settling into a groove, Bonamassa set the Fraze’s patrons at ease, rocking into tracks off of his new live release, Live from Nowhere in Particular.
One of the better showcase guitarists, Bonamassa’s Sloe Gin recording spent several months atop the Blues charts. His take on Charley Patton’s "High Water Everywhere" had many in the crowd shifting from toe to toe to the acoustic rhythms. "One of These Days" found the guitarist extending his solos with staccato riffs that crackled the Fraze’s sound system.
A sharp run through of Gov’t Mule’s "Mule" -> ZZ Top’s "Just Got Paid" -> Led Zeppelin’s "Dazed and Confused" brought the audience to their feet, screaming and clapping their approval for the quartet. From Bonamassa’s Me and You release, the band shifted into the ballad "Asking Around For You," which proved to be one of the highlights of the night.
Then, as the show neared the end, Bonamassa thanked the Fraze’s denizens for returning for the makeup date with a scorching "India/Mountain Time." It capped off one of the summer’s best blues performances, and sent the enthusiasts smiling out into the warm summer night