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Joe Bonamassa Biography


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Born: 1977/05/08
Birth Place: Utica, New York, United States
Years Active: 1989 - 2010
Genres: Blues-rock, Blues, Rock And Roll, R&B, Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Hard Rock


Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977 in Hartford, New York) is an American blues rock guitarist and singer.

Bonamassa’s solo debut, in 2000, was his Top 10 Blues album “A New Day Yesterday,” named after the 1969 Jethro Tull classic. Produced by the late, legendary Tom Dowd, the album featured guest spots by Gregg Allman, Rick Derringer and Leslie West, among others. The powerhouse original song “Miss You, Hate You” remains a cornerstone of Joe’s repertoire, as does the slide guitar showcase “Cradle Rock.”

Bonamassa followed it up in 2002 with "So, It's Like That," a set of dead-on blues and classic pop-rock production featuring all originals, including “Pain And Sorrow.” The album was his first to hit #1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart.

In 2003 Bonamassa returned with his heartfelt tribute to the genre, "Blues Deluxe" packed with nine classics and three originals.

Bonamassa further honed that fusion on 2004’s "Had To Cry Today," another sweat-soaked mix of sound made electrifying through his forceful playing.

In 2006, Bonamassa released his fifth full-length studio album, “You & Me.” This album also appeared at #1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart. For the recording of this album, he enlisted the talents of multiple studio musicians such as Jason Bonham, son of John Bonham. "Your Funeral And My Trial," a track on the album, featured harmonica prodigy L.D. Miller, and bassist Carmine Rojas (Rod Stewart, David Bowie). “You & Me” is Bonamassa's heaviest blues album, breaking away from the heavier rock styles featured in “So, It's Like That” and “Had to Cry Today.” The title of the album was taken from the Django Reinhardt song "Vous et Moi" (“You and Me,” 1942). The violin intro of that song was actually played by Reinhardt and inspired Bonamassa to write "Django," a track on the album. Longer live versions would later appear on “Live From Nowhere in Particular" in 2009, and at the “Royal Albert Hall Concert” (Live DVD).

“Sloe Gin” was released in August 2007, and, spent more than 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard Blues Albums chart. The album featured much more acoustic guitar work than any of Bonamassa's previous albums.

It was announced in January 2010 that Bonamassa was forming a new band with Jason Bonham and Glenn Hughes, to be known as Black Country. Adding Derek Sherinian the supergroup is now called Black Country Communion.

In March 2010, Bonamassa released his tenth full-length solo album “Black Rock” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Album chart and #38 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.