Joe Bonamassa

Birth Name Joe Bonamassa
Born May 8, 1977 New Hartford, New York, U.S.
Age 42 Years
Genres Blues-rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Associated acts Bloodline, Black Country Communion, Beth Hart, Rock Candy Funk
Party, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jason Bonham, Joe Lynn Turner

Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He started his career at age 12 when he 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.

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I'll Play The Blue For U
I'll Play The Blue For U
The Thrill Is Gone
The Thrill Is Gone

Bonamassa has played alongside many notable blues and rock artists and earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. Among guitarists, he is known for his extensive collection of vintage guitars and amplifiers.

Bonamassa was born in Utica, New York. He started playing guitar at age four, encouraged by his father, who was an avid music fan and exposed him to British blues rock records by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, greatly inspiring him. At 11 years old Joe was mentored and trained by American guitar legend Danny Gatton. When he was 12 years old, he had his own band called Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa, which gigged around western New York and Pennsylvania, including cities such as Scranton and Buffalo, but only on weekends since Joe had school on weekdays. Bonamassa played a crimson 1972 Fender Stratocaster he called “Rosie”, given by his father.

Bonamassa opened for B.B. King at approximately 20 shows in 1989. In 1991, he performed on The Mickey Mouse Club where he is inducted into the Hall of Fame. 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.

Top 3 Joe Bonamassa Recordings




How To Play Guitar Like Joe Bonamassa

Blue of Desperation

All 11 songs from the 2016 album release by this popular modern blues guitarist in standard notation and tab. Includes: Blues of Desperation * Distant Lonesome Train * Drive * How Deep This River Runs * Livin’ Easy * Mountain Climbing * No Good Place for the Lonely * This Train * The Valley Runs Low * What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time * You Left Me Nothin’ but the Bill and the Blues.