|Joe Bonamassa is a legendary guitarist known for his outstanding instrumentation and signature sunglasses. Hailed as one of the greatest contemporary guitarists, Bonamassa has released numerous solo albums to critical acclaim and collaborated with numerous renowned musicians such as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Steve Winwood. Over his lengthy career, Bonamassa has become a musician’s musician in the industry, and continues to awe audiences with his electrifying sound. Buy your Joe Bonamassa tickets now!
Bonamassa was born in Utica, New York, and became entranced with the guitar when he heard Stevie Ray Vaughn play at the age of four. When Bonamassa was only 12 years old, he opened for B.B. King, one of the most respected blues musicians of all time. Before he was a teenager, Bonamassa was playing gigs around upstate New York and making a name for himself long before he signed his first record deal.
By his 18th birthday, Bonamassa was playing in a band called Bloodline, along with three musicians that were all the sons of industry legends. The band released an eponymous debut, but Bonamassa chose to move on to other ventures. In the year 2000, the guitarist released his freshman solo album, A New Day Yesterday. The record broke the top 10 on the Billboard Blues chart and included a blend of Bonamassa originals and covers of artists such as Jethro Tull and Rory Gallagher. Picking up bassist Eric Czar and drummer Kenny Kramme, Bonamassa went on tour to support the album, which was documented on A New Day Yesterday Live.
By 2007, Bonamassa had released six full-length studio albums and made quite a name for himself in blues music. All of his records during this time broke the Billboard Blues top 10 and three peaked at the No. 1 position. In 2009, the guitarist released The Ballad of John Henry, and also checked an item off his bucket list by performing at Royal Albert Hall in London. During this live performance, Bonamassa would be joined on stage by Eric Clapton and Paul Jones. This remarkable event was documented in concert DVD “Live from the Royal Albert Hall.”
Of course, Bonamassa’s success doesn’t stop there. In 2010, the artist released another solo album, Black Rock, which featured a guest appearance by B.B. King. He also joined rock phenoms Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian to form the group Black Country Communion. The next year proved to be even busier for Bonamassa, as he not only released his ninth solo full-length, Dust Bowl, but also recorded his second album with Black Country Communion as well as a collaborative album of blues classics with Beth Hart titled Don’t Explain.
In spring 2012, Bonamassa earned significant commercial and critical acclaim for his 10th album, Driving Towards the Daylight. Meanwhile, he continued to collaborate and perform with Beth Hart, and the duo released their sophomore record, See Saw, in late 2013. A year later, as a thank you to his longtime fans, Bonamassa released his 11th solo album, the first record in his career that was entirely comprised of original material.