Joe Bonamassa is perhaps the best kept secret in blues having opened for the legendary B.B. King whilst still a twelve-year-old child and formed musical partnerships with the likes of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, yet still has yet to become a household name. But for those in the know he becomes somewhat of a passion.
Having been born in New York during 1977, his prolific efforts have culminated in to a rich back catalogue which includes the Grammy Award nomination for his collaborative album with Beth Hart; SeeSaw. Recent years have seen an exceptionally high amount of output with the release of two albums; Live In Amsterdam and Different Shades Of Blue, in a single year during 2014. The following year saw the release of Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks and in March of 2016 he released his twelve studio album; Blues Of Desperation.
Joe certainly believes in giving something back, and as well as a punishing touring and recording schedule he also finds time to be actively involved in a not-for-profit organisation called the “Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation”. Their aim is to help fund scholarships and educational musical resources for underprivileged youngsters and their schools.
Funnily enough, Joe cites British and Irish blues performers as his major influences, rather than his fellow Americans, in particular John Mayall, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. However, he does acknowledge that the legends of the genre in America, including B.B. King, are also a huge inspiration to his style and sound.
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