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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: 05.01.16 Let's get Free into the @rock_hall this year.
  • 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
05.03.16 Civic Center Music Hall Oklahoma City, OK US
05.04.16 Holland Performing Arts Center Omaha, NE US
05.05.16 Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls, SD US
05.07.16 Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium Fargo, ND US
05.09.16 Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall Rochester, MN US
05.10.16 Adler Theatre Davenport, IA US
05.13.16 Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI US
05.14.16 Star Plaza Theatre Merrillville, IN US
05.17.16 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN US
05.19.16 Kirby Center Wilkes-Barre, PA US


  • 05.01.16 Let's get Free into the @rock_hall this year.
  • 05.01.16 Great week of shows.. Thanks to thousands of fans that came out this week to see us bash through the blues rock. https://t.co/I908GAUK8N
  • 05.01.16 Thank you Stockton Ca! What a riot.. Now off for that 20 hour bus ride to OKC. https://t.co/WuGHpDSxvx
  • 05.01.16 I think we need more people on TV making comments about other people on TV. Seems to be void in the market place here in America.
  • 04.30.16 Thank you Reno.. Rowdy rowdy bunch tonight. https://t.co/QxIpr1NbCM
  • 04.30.16 Some backstage fun with my new 60's Supro Val Tone found at a pawn shop while searching for a Starbucks. Enjoy! https://t.co/bgQleUNGIO
  • 04.29.16 Entrepreneur-Ship at its finest. https://t.co/tGFSan0mo3
  • 04.29.16 I look at crowds 5 days a week and there are 200 not 2000 outside that hotel. #dealinfacts
  • 04.29.16 I think the first lesson in Journalism school should be the ability to tell the difference b/w 2000 people and 200 when covering a protest.
  • 04.29.16 Happy Belated Birthday to my friend and legend Jimmy Barnes!
  • 04.29.16 Interesting find on guitar safari today.. Circa 78 EB coat from my friends at Bizarre Guitars. https://t.co/sFN5c1Z7Ra
  • 04.27.16 Thank you so much @ernieball for these custom one off signature Steve Morse and St Vincent guitars!! Killer stuff! https://t.co/C4BCdAypB8