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Biography

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

Influences[edit]

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. 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.

He elaborated further on his influences in the interview:

And in his October 2008 interview with Express & Star:

Discography[edit]

Solo studio albums
  • A New Day Yesterday (2000)
  • So, It's Like That (2002)
  • Blues Deluxe (2003)
  • Had to Cry Today (2004)
  • You & Me (2006)
  • Sloe Gin (2007)
  • The Ballad of John Henry (2009)
  • Black Rock (2010)
  • Dust Bowl (2011)
  • Driving Towards the Daylight (2012)
  • Different Shades Of Blue (2014)
Live Albums
  • A New Day Yesterday Live (2002)
  • Shepherds Bush Empire (2007)
  • Live from Nowhere in Particular (2008)
  • Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009)
  • Beacon Theatre: Live from New York (2012)
  • An Acoustic Evening at The Vienna Opera House (2013)
  • Live In Amsterdam (together with Beth Hart) (2014)
  • Tour De Force - Live from the Borderline (2014)
  • Tour De Force - Live from the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2014)
  • Tour De Force - Live from the Hammersmith Apollo (2014)
  • Tour De Force - Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2014)
Video Albums
  • A New Day Yesterday Live (2002)
  • Live at Rockpalast (2005)
  • Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009)
  • Beacon Theatre: Live from New York (2012)
  • An Acoustic Evening at The Vienna Opera House (2013)
  • Tour de Force: Live in London (4-DVD series) (2013)
  • Live In Amsterdam (together with Beth Hart) (2014)

External links[edit]

  • Official website

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