Jbonamassa Life and career
Best Guitarists Joe Bonamassa was born in New Hartford, New York. He started playing guitar at age four. His father was an avid music fan and exposed Bonamassa to records by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Joe was very inspired by these British blues rock records. When he was 12 years old, he had his own band called Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa. The band gigged around western New York and Pennsylvania, cities such as Scranton and Buffalo, on weekends since Joe had school on weekdays. The guitar Bonamassa played, which he called “Rosie”, was a crimson 1972 Fender Stratocaster that Bonamassa’s father bought him from a store in Utica, New York, called Big Apple Music.
Best Guitarists Bonamassa was asked to open for B.B. King at approximately twenty shows, which he did. Before he reached 18 years old, Bonamassa was playing in a band called Bloodline with the sons of Miles Davis, Robby Krieger, and Berry Oakley. Although Bloodline did not become a famous act, it attracted some attention to Bonamassa’s guitar chops.
His debut studio album, A New Day Yesterday was released in 2000 and features both original tunes and covers of such artists as Rory Gallagher, Jethro Tull, and Warren Haynes.The album features a guest appearance by Gregg Allman on the tune “If Heartaches Were Nickels” and was produced by Tom Dowd. The album reached #9 on the Billboard Blues chart.
Between 2002 and 2007, Bonamassa saw 3 studio albums hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts, and all five of his solo studio albums made the top 10.
In 2009, Best Guitarists Bonamassa fulfilled one of his childhood dreams by playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Eric Clapton performed during the show along with Bonamassa.
Bonamassa’s live album Beacon Theatre–Live from New York was released in 2012. The show featured one of Bonamassa’s musical heroes, Paul Rodgers, formerly of the bands Free and Bad Company, as a guest.
March 26, 2013 saw the release of his live, acoustic album An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, which was released as a CD/DVD/Blu-ray set.This concert marked the first time Bonamassa played a wholly acoustic show. The acoustic ensemble that performed the show was assembled with the help of Bonamassa’s longtime producer, Kevin Shirley.
The concluding, three-night stand of Bonamassa’s spring 2013 tour occurred at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Over the summer of 2013, Bonamassa performed four shows in London featuring three different bands and, at one show, a horn section, covering four different sides of his music. Each show had a unique setlist. The shows were recorded for a DVD release and the set of DVDs was released in October, 2013 under the name “Tour de Force.”
Best Guitarists Joe Bonamassa – Radio City Music Hall
On December 6, 2013, Bonamassa and Beth Hart were nominated for a Grammy Award for their 2013 collaborative album SeeSaw in the Best Blues Album category.
Best Guitarists Bonamassa’s album Different Shades of Blue is his first solo studio album to showcase only original songs, except for one short instrumental Jimi Hendrix cover. The Hendrix cover is a 79-second partial performance of “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).”To write the album, Bonamassa went to Nashville and collaborated with three songwriters there: Jonathan Cain, who has written for Journey; James House, known for his work with Diamond Rio, Dwight Yoakam, and Martina McBride; and Jerry Flowers, who has written for Keith Urban. Bonamassa explained to the writers that he wasn’t interested in creating three minute radio hits, but just wanted to write some serious blues rock. The recording of the album was accomplished in Las Vegas at a music studio in the Palms Hotel. On the charts, the album reached #8 on the Billboard 200, #1 on the Blues Chart, and #1 on the Indie Chart as well.
November 8, 2014 marked exactly 25 years that Bonamassa has been playing as a professional musician.
In May 2015, Best Guitarists Bonamassa won a Blues Music Award in the ‘Instrumentalist – Guitar’ category.