Joe Bonamassa

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Joe Bonamassa
Joe Bonamassa, Manchester 2012.jpg
Bonamassa in Manchester, 2010
Background information
Born (1977-05-08) May 8, 1977 (age 37)
New Hartford, New York, United States
Genres Blues rock, rock and roll
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, theremin, mandolin, dobro, banjo
Years active 1989–present
Labels J&R Adventures, Provogue
Associated acts Bloodline, Black Country Communion, Beth Hart, Rock Candy Funk Party, Jason Bonham, Joe Lynn Turner
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Music Man Custom Steve Morse single and double necks
Gibson ES335
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Flying V

Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977)[1] is an American blues rock musician, singer and songwriter.


Unlike other successful blues-rock guitarists, Bonamassa's influences are British and Irish blues acts, rather than American artists. Comparing the music in the United States to the "European" versions of the blues, Bonamassa found the English blues - fostered by the Jeff Beck Group, Eric Clapton and Irish blues player Rory Gallagher - to be far more interesting to him than the original Delta blues players. In an interview in Guitarist magazine (issue 265), he cited the 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 stated Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood was a big influence at a young age. He also listed the early blues playing of Jethro Tull as one of his influences, putting both Martin Barre and Mick Abrahams as important musicians to him.[2][3] His first solo album was named after and includes a cover version of Jethro Tull's "A New Day Yesterday" from their album Stand Up.

Bonamassa performing in Stafford, Texas, 2007

He elaborated further on his influences in the interview:

"You know, my heroes were the columbine 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 his October 2008 interview with Express & Star:

"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".

And in his December 2012 interview with MusicRadar:

"My friends would ask me, 'Have you heard the new Van Halen record?' And I'd be like, 'Nope.' I was listening to Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush".[4]


Solo studio albums
Live albums
Video albums


  1. ^ "Guitar - Ernie Jackson - Google Boeken". Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Joe Bonamassa Interview". Blues In Britain. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Joe Bonamassa Interview : Guitar Interviews". Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
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