He is one of the most famous contemporary blues-rock musicians. Joe was nominated for two Grammy Awards twice. He put Billboard charts as many as 20 albums first, and this number is still increasing!
In his discography, he has over 30 albums, both studio and concert albums. He regularly records in a duet with the sensational singer Beth Hart. Guitarists also co-created the projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party. He is a talented composer who continues to expand his eclectic musical horizons. He regularly appears on the pages of industry publications around the world, from the Esquire and Parade magazines, through the Rolling Stone and American Songwriter, as well as Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, and Classic Rock.
Opening of B.B. King
The guitar virtuoso from New York began with the opening of B.B. King when Joe Bonamassa was only 12 years old. Since then, he has shared scenes with artists such as Eric Clapton, Stephen Still, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Buddy Guy, and Steve Winwood. Bonamassa has traveled the path from the position of children’s sensation to a world-class star and is still evolving.
The artist is an enthusiast of live performances, and his concerts are one of the essential branches of his activity.
His tours have been sold out in the most iconic concert venues around the world. Among which there were The Red Rocks Amphitheater at Morrison, The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, The Royal Albert Hall in London, the Vienna Opera, and the New York Beacon Theater. Bonamassa performs, on average, 200 days a year. When he’s not on stage, he is fully committed to creating the most ambitious, diverse new music he shares with the audience and fans.
#1 Billboard Blues album Driving Towards the Daylight is filled with poignant, stirring tunes stretching back to the oldest roots of Delta Blues like Robert Johnson’s haunting ‘Stones in my Passway’ and to recent neo-avant-garde blues-rocker Tom Waits’ “New Coat of Paint”.
How did the musical collaboration between Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa come about?
It was a few years ago in Amsterdam: the guitarist, fascinated by Beth’s performance, asked her husband, and also the manager, whether there was a chance to cooperate with Hart. Bonamassa wanted to jam a bit with the expressive singer and – in case of success – record the material. We know the rest of this story very well. Its subsequent chapters, albums “Don’t Explain” and “Seesaw” were appreciated by critics and fans, and the second one was also nominated for a Grammy.
Black Coffee comes from Ike and Tina Turner’s album – Feel Good from 1972, but the arrangement of the song is more reminiscent of a cover of this song performed by Humble Pie in 1973. The guitar parts here are almost identical to the Hart and Bonamassa versions. Regardless of these musical/historical references, however, it is simply thrilling, getting you on your feet better than the strongest coffee, a track that needed refreshing, and for this great job, Hart and Bonamassa deserve great praise.