Joseph Leonard Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.
When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
Bonamassa has played alongside such artists as Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Foreigner, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks among others. His career highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. In addition to his music career, Joe Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organization called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission it is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need.
Unlike many blues rock guitarists that came before him, Bonamassa’s influences are British and Irish blues acts rather than American artists. In an interview in Guitarist magazine he cited three albums that had the biggest influence on his playing: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (the Beano album), Rory Gallagher’s Irish Tour and Goodbye by Cream. He also noted that Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood had a big influence when Bonamassa was young. Among other bands, he listed the early blues playing of Jethro Tull as an influence, and named both Martin Barre and Mick Abrahams as important musicians to him.
He elaborated on his influences in a 2007 interview:
“You know, my heroes were the Columbia guys – Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Eric Clapton. There’s so many – there’s Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher – another Irish musician who played the same things, but don’t tell him that. But those guys were my guys – Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. There’s a certain sophistication to their approach to the blues that I really like, more so than the American blues that I was listening to. B.B. King’s a big influence – he’s probably my biggest traditional influence. I love Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker and stuff like that, but I couldn’t sit down. I was always forcing myself to listen to whole records by them, where I’d rather listen to Humble Pie do “I’m Ready” than Muddy Waters, you know? I think, the English interpretation of the blues just hit me a lot better, you know?”
In an October 2008 interview with Express & Star he said:
“When I heard Kossoff playing “Mr. Big” and when I heard Clapton playing “Crossroads” and when I heard Rory Gallagher playing “Cradle Rock”, I was like, ‘This is way cooler’…. “British blues are my thing. When I heard Rod Stewart and the Jeff Beck Group singing “Let Me Love You”, it changed my life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Those are my influences”. (by wikipedia)
And tis is a German digital broadcast from 2016. The sound is great and Joe and his band were in great form !
Joe was on tour to promote his twelfth studio album called “Blues Of Desperation”.
What a great concert !
Recorded live at the Orangerie, Gartensaal, Kassel/Germany, March 07, 2016
Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals)
Paulie Cerra (saxophone)
Anton Fig (drums)
Michael Rhodes (bass)
Lee Thorburg (trumpet)
Reese Wynans (keyboards)
01. Intro by Joe Bonamassa 3.42
02. Locomotive Breath (Anderson) 0.55
03. This Train (House/Bonamassa) 7.16
04. Mountain Climbing (Hambridge/Bonamassa) 5.52
05. Blues Of Desperation (House/Bonamassa) 8.48
06. No Good Place For The Lonely (Nicholson/Bonamassa) 8.13
07. See See Baby (King/Thompson) 3.46
08. Never Make Your Move Too Soon (Jennings/Hooper jr.) 7.09
09. Angel Of Mercy (*) (Banks/Jackson) 7.42
10. Love Ain’t A Love Song (Smokin Joe/Bonamassa) 10.51
11. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (King) 10.14
12. I Gave Up Everything For You Except The Blues (Steele/Flowers/Bonamassa) 8.47
13. Going Down (Nix) 7.24
14. Spanish Boots (Wood/Beck/Stewart) 4.03
15. Are You Experienced (Hendrix) 7.13
(*) taken from FM broadcast by NDR 2, 26.09.2016