As one of the younger generation of blues guitarists, Joe Bonamassa is proving a blue tag is alive and well today. Born in Utica New York Joe received his first guitar from his father at the age of seven. By the age of 11 he had been playing solos by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix note for note and was accepted to study for a short time with Danny Gatton. At the age of 12 Joe was offered the opportunity to open for blues legend B.B. King. After which King said “This kid’s potential is unbelievable! He hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface. He’s one of a kind”. He has since attended many events and different blues festivals and is well known in the blues guitar circle.
Unlike many other successful blues rock guitar players, Joe has cited his interests to be more in the British and Irish blues vein. Some of his idols are Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. He also cites the album Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan to be a major influence on his playing.
Releasing his solo debut in 2000 entitled A New Day Yesterday to critical acclaim, this blues guitarist has since gone on to release a number of different full-length studio albums and tours constantly.
Expect to see big things from Joe.
Top 5 Songs
Woke Up Dreaming
I Don’t Live Anywhere
Top 3 Albums
A New Day Yesterday (2000)
So, It’s Like That (2002)
A New Day Yesterday, Live (2002)
Blues Deluxe (2003)
Had to Cry Today (2004)
You & Me (2006)
Sloe Gin (2007)
Live From Nowhere in Particular (2008)
The Ballad of John Henry (2009)
Black Rock (2010)