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Joe Bonamassa

Guitar mastermind Joe Bonamassa, a young player with the childhood dream of playing music similar to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, was 22 when he inked a deal with Epic. Hailing from Utica, New York, Bonamassa could play the blues before he could drive a car. He first heard Stevie Ray Vaughan at age four and was instantly taken by Vaughan's high-powered playing. At age eight, he opened for B.B. King, and at age 12, he was playing regularly around upstate New York. It was soon thereafter that Bonamassa hooked up with the band Bloodline, which featured other musicians' sons: Waylon Krieger (Robby Krieger's son), Erin Davis (Miles Davis' drummer kid), and Berry Oakley, Jr. (son of the Allman Brothers bassist). Bloodline released a self-titled album, but Bonamassa wanted to move on. In summer 2000 he guested for Roger McGuinn on Jethro Tull's summer tour, later releasing his debut solo album, A New Day Yesterday. Produced by longtime fan Tom Dowd, the album marked a move toward a more organic and rock-sounding direction. He put together a power trio with drummer Kenny Kramme and bassist Eric Czar and hit the road to support the album.

Upon returning from the road, he hooked up with Dowd to record the muscular and sweeping studio disc So, It's Like That and released a document of the tour, A New Day Yesterday Live. The following year, Bonamassa put out Blues Deluxe, featuring nine cover versions of blues classics alongside three originals. The muscular You & Me appeared in 2006, followed by the more acoustic-tinged Sloe Gin in 2007. A year later, Bonamassa released the two-disc live album Live from Nowhere in Particular, followed in 2009 by The Ballad of John Henry. Late in 2009 he released the DVD Live from the Royal Albert Hall with guest spots from Eric Clapton and Paul Jones. In 2010, the guitarist released his first disc for the Premier Artists label, Black Rock, featuring a guest appearance by B.B. King. It was followed by the debut album from Black Country Communion, a blues-rock supergroup that put him in the company of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Bonamassa, ever the overachiever, released his earthy Dust Bowl in March of 2011, followed by Black Country Communion's 2 in June and by his unique collaboration with vocalist Beth Hart on a searing collection of soul covers entitled Don't Explain in September.

In May of 2012, Bonamassa released Driving Towards the Daylight. The album reunited the guitarist with producer Kevin Shirley, who brought in Aerosmith's Brad Whitford to play rhythm guitar on the 11 tracks. Driving Towards the Daylight was a significant blues hit -- it topped the Billboard blues charts and debuted at number two on the overall British charts -- and Bonamassa didn't slow down. Early in 2013, he released a live CD/DVD set called An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House and prepared SeeSaw, a studio album of classic covers with vocalist Beth Hart. SeeSaw was released later in 2013, and Bonamassa and Hart followed it up with Live in Amsterdam in March of 2014. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Al Campbell, Rovi
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JB kicks a**!
Awesome guitarist and can't wait to see him live! The Blues lives on in Joe B!
This guy is a legend already. I dont know of another guitarist in any genere of music that can compare to joe.
best blues player i've heard
georgevrpr
Joe opened for Peter Frampton several years ago. Thanks to Frampton I now have got to see Mr. Bonamassa many times. Both of these musicians in the same night here in Melbourne Florida. Who would have guessed it. I have Bose earphones plugged into amplified computer speakers and spend many hours of Bliss at the Youtube Bonamassa channels.
Thanks to MPP.
petrakitty
Sloe Gin-amazing song
celdredge5
Telluride, Colorado - Blues and Brews was his ultimate performance! ! !
dmw5994
AMAZING SHOW AT THE BUSHNELL IN HARTFORD...S U C H AN AMAZING ARTIST..
The Hartford show was the BOMB!
marnag7
Just saw Joe B. Saturday night in Hartford. First time I've seen him live, and it was the same type of format that Cericks25 talked about, acoustic first set followed by a thundering electric set. He's such a talented musician, and I was thrilled to be able to see him live.
amye45
Daphne do you remember when you asked me if I ever heard Bonamassa? I hadn't and you said with a grin, you will.
cericks25
Got to see Joe Live in Fargo about a month ago, and that was one hell of a show. HE sarted with an acoustic set for about an hour. Had 7 guitars around him, and used a different one on each song as he was his own opening act. He took a short break and then the fireworks started with the electrics. His band is fantastic especially the drummer and bass player, but the star is Joe B., make no doubt. Out of this world guitar playing, and his singing is really fantastic as well, which was the bigg
joehead4209
beautiful song
t5189tm
Unbelievable talent. ..My favorite guitar player
olivero133
He played Yakima Washington to a sold out house. What a show!!!
The concert was loud he needed backup singers but the guitar playing and his drummer amazing
riw36
Recently saw Joe on tv..terrific
Simply the best.
bonniestrope
'heard him in concert=craz y loud, rockin' awesome!
Amazing
Love this song!
Haaaaave a lil MERCY!!! =-O
toahmh
Crisp,precis e , meaningful deep soul driven music
Yes indeed,he is a GOD-gifted awesome guitarist! :)
jefferycreek m o r e
This man is a true prodgiy of the guitar. Before hi teens he played with Mr. Riley "B B " King. If you ever get the opportunity to see this virtuoso , if you play , I have since 1963 , you will leave numb. He playes a Ies Paul a ES335 a strat. & a tele. & the flying V & I can't remember tha acoustical peices he playes. We were in in London in September 2009 & were blessed to see this man at Royal lbert Hall I think it was a Tuesday nite. We don't see many live performances but is one I will nev
sty.windwehr
There's nothing better than live Bonamassa!!
Gifted and the most hard working guitarist of his generation.
Love Joe been listening for years now along with all the greats ....Johnny Winter, SRV, Jimi, Clapton, BB, the list goes on and on
With players like JB blues will never die.
the man will give you just one more reason to go on
No offense meant but when I read the so-called influences of so many blues/rock guitar notables I fail to see the name Johnny Winter, but when you talk to these people he's one of the first names they mention. And they also sound very much alike.... interesting to say the least.
sty.windwehr
Bonamassa is phenomenal but the ultimate is to see him live....
Bridge to Better Days really innovative sound. Its very exciting music. Pandora does a great job at mixing. First nice slow John Lee Hooker then Bonamassa blues. Joe for the 25th century carry on.
Saw Joe warm up Peter Frampton in Morristown NJ , sum 8 to 10 ago and been a fan ever since. I continue enjoy JB and introduce him to all of friends and to anyone that lesson. He is my favorite artist and made me love the blues again.
Saw him play the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio with his first band Bloodline (he was 15 years old). Saw him next when he substituted for Gov't Mule (the day after Allen Woody died) also in Columbus. He was solo at this point and opened with Rory Gallagher's Cradle Rock......AW E S O M E ! I was an original member of his Street Team and got to spend some time talking with him before and after shows over the next few years. Then I moved to Arizona and have seen him every time he's been here.
convinced some fiends who never heard of him to see him in fayetteville nc they were blown away
marnag7
Got tix to see him live in Hartford in May. CAN'T WAIT!!!
Saw Joe at the Beacon in NYC, 7th row. UNBELIEVABLE !
Got tix to see him 4/22/14.
My boyfriend got us tickets to Joe's May 6th concert in Pittsburgh! I can't wait! I'm counting the days and spreadin' the music on Facebook. I'm beyond excited. Best guitar player out there.
slongo
Damn, this guy is great!
harey40
GREAT GUITARIST SADLY WE GOT SEVERAL TICKETS FOR SATURDAYS SHOW IN RENO HE CANCLED SWITCHED TO SUNDAY MOST OF THE PEOPLE WE HAD COMING IN HAD TO RETURN HOME ON SUNDAY OUR COMBINED LOSS WAS $ 1800.00 ( the floor seats were $150.00 each and there was the rooms we had to pay for ) I WOULD LOVE TO TELL HIM WHAT A PRICK HE WAS FOR NOT JUST CANCELING AND SWITCHING TO A DATE WE ALL COULD MAKE . . . . I GUESS THE MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THE HIS LOYAL FAN BASE. SAD JOE OH SO F-ING SAD !
PBS ACOUSTIC ALPS SHOW TORE IT DOWN....
kvons1
Phenomenal !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! One of the best I've seen in 30+ yrs.
paganjack200 3
One thing in most bio's I read, they never mention that Joe was also a protege' of the late GREAT Danny Gatton, who himself was a master guitarist. Joe is one of the hardest working entertainers I have ever heard of, where he gets his energy if beyond me, it seems he never slows down, I am sure he will go down in history as one of the all time greats, I wish him nothing but the best and a long and safe life.
joelshefflin
Had the pleasure to experience him live last night in Santa Barbara, Ca, and what a rocking pleasure he is, played acoustical and plugged to perfection. He and the backup guys are
absolutely tip-top. If you like his recordings you will love him live!!
only seen tv footage,but can't wait for the oppertunity. o n e of my faves.also check out TY CURTIS.HE IS AWESOME,BAND IS EXCELLENT. by the way listening to joe at this moment!
Saw him in Oakland at the Paramount on 12/6—what an amazing guitarist.
Saw him and the band in Reno Sunday.... Great show!
If he comes your way buy tickets, you won't be sorry.
HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HIM IN CLEVELAND LAST MONTH. HE IS A TRUE GUITAR GENIUS. GOING TO SEE HIM IN PITTSBURGH NEXT MAY ( ALREADY HAVE THE TICKETS). I URGE ANY FAN OF BLUES MUSIC TO SEE THIS GUY.
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