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Joe Bonamassa

The words "kid" and "candy store" could be applied to Joe's radio show, as he faces up to the prospect of being able to choose anything he likes from his absolutely immense and diverse record collection to play for you for an hour.

He's opened our eyes to songs that we've never heard before, told us stories about how particular songs influenced him as he was growing up and basically been more enthusiastic about the stuff he plays than it is probably healthy to be.

Tune in on every SUNDAY from 6PM to hear Joe in action.



Born 8 May 1977 - the day that blues pioneer Robert Johnson would have been 66 - Joe seemed to have a little more than a touch of destiny about him.

His prodigious talent was spotted at unfeasibly young age. Mastering Stevie Ray Vaughan at the age of seven, Joe was invited to play with BB King, quite possibly the greatest blues player of all time, at the age of just 12.

High profile opening slots followed on tours with Buddy Guy, Foreigner, George Thorogood, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman, amongst many others.

Joe began his own recording career in the early 90s in a band called Bloodlines, which featured several heavyweight rock offspring (Berry Oakley Jr., son of the Allman Brothers Band bassist,Robby Krieger’s son Waylon and Miles Davis’ son Erin).

Their self-titled debut album in 1994 was a hard-charging fusion of blues, funk, boogie and roadhouse rock, but it wasn't until Joe left the band that he was able to let fly.

Joe's debut solo album A New Day Yesterday was a startlingly mature and rounded piece of work for someone who was just 23 at the time. Its impact was felt almost immediately in the world of blues rock.

His talent would remain largely confined to the US, where his growing legion of admirers from not only the world of blues, but the world of rock gave Joe sold out tour after sold out tour. However in 2007, Sloe Gin - Joe's seventh studio album - would change all of that.

Sloe Gin received heavy airplay on Planet Rock throughout 2007, and the album climbed into the UK album charts on the back of rave reviews from everyone that saw him on his UK tour later that year.

Then in 2008 the outstanding Live From Nowhere In Particular saw a career high in the UK with the album resting at number 45 in the album charts (something that almost no blues guitarists ever manage in this country).

With the release of his brand new studio album, The Ballad Of John Henry, and a stunning, career defining performance at the Royal Albert Hall, it seemed that the world was Joe's oyster in 2010.

And so it proved that in 2010 Joe released brand new album, Black Rock - his highest charting solo studio album, appeared on an album by Sandi Thom, played more than 200 gigs and formed Black Country Communion with Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian, who also released their debut album.

In March 2011 Joe released another excellent brand new studio album, DUST BOWL, and together with his BCC bandmates revealed that they would be releasing their second studio album, simply entitled "2", in the summer.