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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 the age of 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 featur ...read more

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 the age of 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 which 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. « hide

Similar Bands: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Black Country Communion, Mother Tongue

LPs
Blues of Desperation
2016

3.9
41 Votes
Different Shades of Blue
2014

3.7
25 Votes
Driving Towards The Daylight
05/22/2012

4
36 Votes
Dust Bowl
2011

4
70 Votes
Black Rock
2010

3.9
44 Votes
The Ballad of John Henry
2009

3.8
63 Votes
Sloe Gin
2007

4.2
72 Votes
You & Me
2006

4
42 Votes
Had To Cry Today
2004

3.9
23 Votes
Blues Deluxe
2003

4.1
45 Votes
So, It's Like That
2002

3.5
22 Votes
A New Day Yesterday
2000

3.9
32 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Radio City Music Hall
2015

5
2 Votes
Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks
2015

3.8
2 Votes
An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House
03/26/2013

4.4
4 Votes
Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
09/25/2012

4.5
5 Votes
Live From The Royal Albert Hall
2010

4.2
18 Votes
Live from Nowhere in Particular
2008

4.1
10 Votes
A New Day Yesterday Live
2005

3.9
7 Votes

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