2007 Best Blues Guitar Player-Guitar Player Magazine
Joe is a guitar virtuoso and prodigy, playing since age 4, and opening for BB King at age 12. His style of blues is a unique blend of classic elements and rock, with searing solos and solid rhythm playing and vocals. Along with this great musical talent is a dedication to craft and a desire to give back through the Blues in the schools program.
In the summer of 2005, Bonamassa was personally asked by BB King to open for his landmark 80th Birthday Celebration Tour. A few months later in January 2006, Bonamassa, in recognition of efforts in promoting blues music through North America and Europe as well as his efforts with Blues in the Schools, was nominated as the youngest member of The Blues Foundation committee board.
Bonamassa's latest CD, You and Me, marks the debut collaboration of Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Joe Satriani). Says South African-born Shirley: "When I was approached to work with Joe, I already knew he was an awesome talent, but I also knew I'd want to do something a little different from a straight blues album. There are a lot of very good blues players performing copycat versions of classics. I wanted more of a rock sound, and I wanted Joe to showcase his depth and versatility; his vocals as well as his incredible guitar playing."
A powerful fusion of the "big rock sound" and swampy blues, You and Me gets much of its inspiration from such masters as Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Bonamassa delivers all the excitement and power of his electrifying live performances while mixing it up with dynamic music choices; from hard to soft, electric to acoustic, a music roller coaster seldom achieved by recording artists today. Along with his ever-expanding vintage guitar collection, Bonamassa makes his home in Los Angeles.
Joe plays a JB 100 Custom 68 Heads and JB jam amp 2 x 12 combo by Category 5 Amps.
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