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Joe Bonamassa

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Songfacts states that Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) was born and raised in New Hartford, New York. His parents owned and ran a guitar shop and in interviews he credits his mother and father with fostering an appreciation of music in his life as early as he can remember. As a youngster he just wanted to earn enough money to buy a deluxe Nintendo game when he started playing the professionally. Then he met legend B.B. King. At the age of 12, his mother got a call from a local promoter, Richard Thornton asking if he wanted to be the opening act at a concert at which King was the headliner. After hearing the gifted adolescent play, King was so impressed that he invited Bonamassa to tour over the summer with his band.

The gig got Bonamassa exposure on national television and a recording contract with EMI Records. He has made seven studio albums and spends nine months a year on the road performing with industry greats that include John Lee Hooker, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, George Thorogood, Los Lobos and Jonny Lang.

Bonamassa has cited his influences as being British and Irish blues acts, rather than American acts. In an interview in Guitarist magazine (issue 265), he cited the three albums that had the biggest influence on his playing: John Mayall & The BluesbreakersBlues Breakers with Eric Clapton (the Beano album), Rory Gallagher’s Irish Tour and Goodbye by Cream.

He elaborated further on his influences in his review with Guitar Messanger:

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  • niko306

    http://www.last.fm/music/Joe+Bonamassa/+images/100183851 - Best Bonamassa photo in PNG quality - vote up for main!

    18 Feb 10:11pm Reply
  • Mii85

    The mighty super Joe. Great blues man and worth checking out if you already didn't.

    16 Feb 4:29pm Reply
  • mavelix

    amazing....this is my favorite blues rock album 2014, Love Ain't A Love Song, Never Give All Your Heart,Get Back My Tomorrow, Oh Beautiful!.....Different Shades Of Blue....really best that Driving Towards The Daylight.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Tut-einfachgut

    yes,yes,yes :)

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • frosa

    gr8 music!

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ivarh

    Stop! is a great cover, I love it

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    The new album is pretty average compared to the high level of blues and rock showed on Dust Bowl or The Ballad of John Henry. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that DSOB is a bad album but it lacks of originality in general.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Silvertide81

    There is not much that one can say about your vague comment Nick.

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v Master of fallacies

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Silvertide81

    "ad hominem fallacy" awww... That's so cute.

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • cannibal_ism666

    if you do not like Joe Bonamassa playing ... you are one sad little fuck!!! [2]

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CoenVen

    The new album is great. I had to get used to the brass players, but now I love them. They make the album different. Living on the Moon is a great song, just like Hey, Beautiful and,.. just about every song, to be honest.

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v ad hominem fallacy

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Silvertide81

    Go back to Listening to Linkin' Park Nick.

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    it's just me or the new album is a bit average and/or boring?

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Emmelsbuell

    thanks, mavelix :-)

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mavelix

    my number one ... Top week 'Different Shades of Blue'! great song.... :) http://www.lastfm.es/user/mavelix/charts?rangetype=week&subtype=tracks

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ivarh

    Great artist!

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Lyana_M

    Joe is currently the best blues rock guitar player! This is pure talant and a lot of practice! His voice is the same great if it's CD or live what is pretty surprising in the tecnologic era, where music is written due to computer. He is just the best for me!! Keep going!! I love what you're doing!

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • tygergurl72

    With all the blues rock and guitars I listen to, I can't believe I've never hear Joe Bonamassa before! Saw him on a lot of my friends' lists, so here I am, and all I can say is wow!!

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
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