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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: 11.29.15 RT @rbwynans: A couple of old friends showed up for our show in Austin. Thanks everyone for a memorable birthday. https://t.co/Zr1PaNi6Fc
  • 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
12.01.15 Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium Shreveport, LA US
12.02.15 Saenger Theatre Mobile, AL US
12.04.15 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL US
12.05.15 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL US
12.12.15 U.S. Cellular Center Asheville, NC US
01.08.16 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD US
01.09.16 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Virginia Beach, VA US
01.12.16 Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, PA US
01.14.16 State Theatre Easton, PA US
01.15.16 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT US


  • 11.29.15 RT @rbwynans: A couple of old friends showed up for our show in Austin. Thanks everyone for a memorable birthday. https://t.co/Zr1PaNi6Fc
  • 11.29.15 Austin TX.. 5000 folks over two nights thank you for your hospitality. Happy Birthday to our own Reese Wynans. https://t.co/3UIgJAE5ig
  • 11.28.15 1954 Fender Champ: a nice one for the Bona-Seum. https://t.co/SwZlGFpPt8
  • 11.28.15 Amos and I. https://t.co/sAHuYm35lw
  • 11.28.15 Thank you Austin night 1. Thank you Eric Johnson for sitting in with us. What an honor. See you tomorrow. https://t.co/cPvDMD5Ym4
  • 11.28.15 Our guest for tonight's show in Austin TX. Can you guess who? Clue: I've stolen many riffs from him. https://t.co/RsaXEURblx
  • 11.26.15 Always a rowdy crowd in Houston! https://t.co/AD5GkRypzU
  • 11.26.15 Thank you Houston TX. Had a blast! Happy Thanksgiving! https://t.co/8Kv6hVlRXC
  • 11.25.15 Thank you New Orleans! Thank you for the great show and your hospitality. https://t.co/wCJzMyhRe8
  • 11.22.15 Thank you so much to the 6500 people who came out for the two night run at the Fox in Atlanta https://t.co/qsafd3hsg2
  • 11.22.15 RT @2stephanie_love: A dream came true for my little man tonight. @JBONAMASSA is a true class act. Memories of a lifetime just made. https:…
  • 11.20.15 Really excited to begin our two night run at the @TheFoxTheatre tonight in Atlanta.. One of my favorite venues in the world to play.