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Joe Bonamassa


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. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Al Campbell, Rovi

Top Albums

1. Different Sh..
Dust Bowl, Joe Bonamassa
2. Dust Bowl
Beacon Theatre (Live from New York), Joe Bonamassa
3. Beacon Theat..
An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Live), Joe Bonamassa
4. An Acoustic ..
Don't Explain, Joe Bonamassa
5. Don't Explai..
You and Me, Joe Bonamassa
6. You and Me
Black Rock, Joe Bonamassa
7. Black Rock
Sloe Gin, Joe Bonamassa
8. Sloe Gin
Live from Nowhere In Particular, Joe Bonamassa
9. Live from No..
Blues Deluxe, Joe Bonamassa
10. Blues Deluxe
Seesaw, Joe Bonamassa
11. Seesaw
Live in Amsterdam, Beth Hart
12. Live in Amst..
Had to Cry Today, Joe Bonamassa
13. Had to Cry T..
So It's Like That, Joe Bonamassa
14. So It's Like..
A New Day Yesterday, Joe Bonamassa
15. A New Day Ye..
Joe Bonamassa (Live From the Royal Albert Hall), Joe Bonamassa
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Tour de Force: Live In London - Royal Albert Hall, Joe Bonamassa
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A New Day Yesterday (Live), Joe Bonamassa
18. A New Day Ye..
We Want Groove, Rock Candy Funk Party
19. We Want Groo..
The Ballad of John Henry, Joe Bonamassa
20. The Ballad o..

Top Songs

Different Shades of BlueDifferent Shades of Blue4:39$1.29
Oh Beautiful!Different Shades of Blue5:28$1.29
I Gave Up Everything for You, 'C..Different Shades of Blue4:39$1.29
Get Back My TomorrowDifferent Shades of Blue4:46$1.29
Heartache Follows Wherever I GoDifferent Shades of Blue4:33$1.29
So, What Would I DoDifferent Shades of Blue5:29$1.29
Never Give All Your HeartDifferent Shades of Blue5:24$1.29
Love Ain't a Love SongDifferent Shades of Blue3:48$1.29
I'd Rather Go BlindDon't Explain8:06$1.29
Living on the MoonDifferent Shades of Blue3:21$1.29
Dust BowlDust Bowl4:33$1.29
Trouble TownDifferent Shades of Blue4:56$1.29
Slow TrainDust Bowl6:49$1.29
River (Live)Beacon Theatre (Live from N..6:36$1.29
I'll Take Care of YouDon't Explain5:13$1.29
Blues DeluxeBlues Deluxe7:20$1.29
Sloe GinSloe Gin8:12$1.29
So Many RoadsYou and Me7:05$1.29
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)Different Shades of Blue1:19$1.29
Ballad of John HenryBallad of John Henry6:26$1.29
Driving Towards the DaylightDriving Towards the Dayligh..4:49$1.29
I Love You More Than You'll Ever..Seesaw7:04$1.29
I'll Take Care of You (Live)Beacon Theatre (Live from N..5:41$1.29
Midnight Blues (Live)Beacon Theatre (Live from N..7:49$1.29
Your Heart Is As Black As NightDon't Explain5:00$1.29

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