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Joe Bonamassa

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  • Born: Utica, NY
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.jbonamassa.com
  • Recent Activity: 08.24.16 Wow.... Sending out my prayers and best wishes for the people of Central Italy.
  • Joe Bonamassa


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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. After the release of SeeSaw, Bonamassa returned to the studio once again with producer Shirley to record what would be his 11th solo studio album. As a thank-you to his fans for their continued support, Bonamassa announced that the album would be his first release to feature entirely original material. Different Shades of Blue appeared in the fall of 2014 featuring 11 new songs co-written by Bonamassa with various veteran Nashville songwriters.

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Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
09.25.16 Perth Concert Hall Perth, Pkn UK
09.30.16 Sydney Opera House Sydney, Nsw Australia
10.02.16 Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA Australia
10.05.16 Palais Theatre Melbourne, Australia
10.07.16 ASB Theatre Auckland, New Zealand
11.15.16 Centre in the Square Kitchener, ON Canada
11.16.16 Sony Centre For The Performing Arts Toronto, ON Canada
11.18.16 Sheas Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY US
11.19.16 NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY US
11.21.16 The Bushnell Hartford, CT US


  • 08.24.16 Wow.... Sending out my prayers and best wishes for the people of Central Italy.
  • 08.24.16 Having fun with this impossibly rare 1959 Gibson EDS-1235N!! Two necks of outta tune fun coming your way!! https://t.co/TQ773N7ik6
  • 08.22.16 Just back from recording in Las Vegas. Looking forward to jamming tomorrow with my friend for over 20 yrs Jimmy V ! https://t.co/xd872MhyT7
  • 08.21.16 RT @ClassicRockMag: Happy birthday @glenn_hughes! Here's a classic interview to mark the occasion https://t.co/N9oZ7C6Jz1 https://t.co/uwAE…
  • 08.19.16 Thank you Kevin Newman and Bryan Mead for making my life complete! I've been Simpsonized!! https://t.co/27IDqf4uDa
  • 08.16.16 I donated my Proto Epi Firebird 1 to The Midnight Mission. Contact @NormansGuitars to bid. 100% goes to the homeless https://t.co/OUXTeH21DK
  • 08.16.16 What a relief... 6:30 and it's finally cooling off in Los Angeles. The temperature just went from 1000 to 999 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 08.13.16 Thank you BB King for the inspiration. https://t.co/veb5afnRqH
  • 08.12.16 A special day for me. Thank UCharlie for picking it up. Thank U Gerri for trusting me with it after so many years. https://t.co/6Bsf4m7NNs
  • 08.11.16 Happy 107 th Birthday to Leo Fender. An inventors inventor. https://t.co/584TGemTB7
  • 08.09.16 Great interview by Charlie Rose of one of the best ever and my mentor Danny Gatton. https://t.co/0ldzol6cUz
  • 08.09.16 Prepping the vintage Firebird 1s for the @Epiphone video tomorrow. https://t.co/9DTBwLTpmw