JOE BONAMASSA

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Blues-rock guitarist who got his start with the band Bloodline before launching a solo career.

Guitar mastermind Joe Bonamassa, a young player with the childhood dream of playing music similar to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, was 22 when he inked a deal with Epic. Hailing from Utica, New York, Bonamassa could play the blues before he could drive a car. He first heard Stevie Ray Vaughan at age four and was instantly taken by Vaughan's high-powered playing. At age eight, he opened for B.B. King, and at age 12, he was playing regularly around upstate New York. It was soon thereafter that Bonamassa hooked up with the band Bloodline, which featured other musicians' sons: Waylon Krieger (Robby Krieger's son), Erin Davis (Miles Davis' drummer kid), and Berry Oakley, Jr. (son of the Allman Brothers bassist). Bloodline released a self-titled album, but Bonamassa wanted
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JOE BONAMASSA Discography

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JOE BONAMASSA A New Day Yesterday album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A New Day Yesterday
Blues 2000
JOE BONAMASSA So, It's Like That album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
So, It's Like That
Blues 2002
JOE BONAMASSA Blues Deluxe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Deluxe
Blues 2003
JOE BONAMASSA Had To Cry Today album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Had To Cry Today
Blues 2004
JOE BONAMASSA You & Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You & Me
Blues 2006
JOE BONAMASSA Sloe Gin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sloe Gin
Blues 2007
JOE BONAMASSA The Ballad Of John Henry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballad Of John Henry
Blues 2009
JOE BONAMASSA Dust Bowl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dust Bowl
Blues 2010
JOE BONAMASSA Driving Towards The Daylight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Driving Towards The Daylight
Blues 2012
JOE BONAMASSA Different Shades Of Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Different Shades Of Blue
Blues 2014
JOE BONAMASSA Blues Of Desperation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Of Desperation
Blues 2016
JOE BONAMASSA Redemption album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Redemption
Jazz Related Rock 2018
JOE BONAMASSA Joe Bonamassa & the Sleep Eazys : Easy To Buy, Hard To Sell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe Bonamassa & the Sleep Eazys : Easy To Buy, Hard To Sell
RnB 2020
JOE BONAMASSA Royal Tea album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Royal Tea
Jazz Related Rock 2020
JOE BONAMASSA Time Clocks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Clocks
Jazz Related Rock 2021

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JOE BONAMASSA live albums

JOE BONAMASSA A New Day Yesterday Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A New Day Yesterday Live
Blues 2004
JOE BONAMASSA Shepherds Bush Empire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shepherds Bush Empire
Blues 2007
JOE BONAMASSA Live From Nowhere In Particular album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live From Nowhere In Particular
Blues 2008
JOE BONAMASSA Live From The Royal Albert Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live From The Royal Albert Hall
Blues 2009
JOE BONAMASSA Black Rock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Rock
Blues 2010
JOE BONAMASSA Beacon Theatre - Live From New York album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beacon Theatre - Live From New York
Blues 2012
JOE BONAMASSA Tour De Force - Live In London - Royal Albert Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tour De Force - Live In London - Royal Albert Hall
Blues 2014
JOE BONAMASSA Tour De Force - Live In London - Shepherd's Bush Empire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tour De Force - Live In London - Shepherd's Bush Empire
Blues 2014
JOE BONAMASSA Tour De Force - Live In London - The Borderline album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tour De Force - Live In London - The Borderline
Blues 2014
JOE BONAMASSA Tour De Force - Live In London - Hammersmith Apollo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tour De Force - Live In London - Hammersmith Apollo
Blues 2014
JOE BONAMASSA Live At Radio City Music Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Radio City Music Hall
Blues 2015
JOE BONAMASSA Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks
Blues 2015
JOE BONAMASSA An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House
Blues 2015
JOE BONAMASSA Live At The Greek Theatre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Greek Theatre
Blues 2016
JOE BONAMASSA Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening
Blues 2017
JOE BONAMASSA British Blues Explosion Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
British Blues Explosion Live
Blues 2018
JOE BONAMASSA Live At The Sydney Opera House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Sydney Opera House
Blues 2019
JOE BONAMASSA Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman
Jazz Related Rock 2021

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Blues 2002

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JOE BONAMASSA Royal Tea

Album · 2020 · Jazz Related Rock
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American blues rock guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa is probably one of the known blues-rock artists of his generation. Different from previous generations of American bluesmen, his influences were the British blues-rock of John Mayall and Cream, as well as early bluesy prog rockers (Jethro Tull, etc). Starting his recording career in 2000, Bonamassa jumped up right to the forefront of the modern blues rock scene, combining American blues and r'n'b roots with British rock energy and prog complexities.

Still it took two decades before he did the next step in the same direction-recording a British blues rock album at Abbey Road studio in London with some of the genre's leading legends on support. The result is as great as one could expect.

"Royal Tea" sounds as if it had been recorded in the early seventies, or late 80s, in Britain. Nothing strange - almost all of the song's co-authors are Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden and former Cream lyricist Pete Brown. Marsden participates as backup vocalist as well as another British celebrity, Jools Holland (co-author/piano on one song).

The opener, "When One Door Opens", is a big sound high energy hard rock hymn recorded with The Bovaland Symphonic Orchestra. Rest of the songs are all perfectly recorded in a fashion of Cream's early albums - full bodied soft clear sound. Most important thing is Bonamassa doesn't try to copy or imitate his heroes, he just plays original music that could be created in England during the late 60s. His band's drummer, Anton Fig, (who played on tours/recordings with Madonna, Mick Jagger and Kiss among many others) does a fantastic job creating an atmosphere of the stadium rock era.

Album's first half is all winners with the heavy ballad, "Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye"(influenced by both Cream and Whitesnake), groovy rocker "Lookout Man!", and the album's trade mark "Royal Tea". When listening, seasoned rock fans can easily recall late 60s/early 70s period of time, when almost any new album was a collection of fresh and extremely high quality songs, no fillers.

The album's second half is strong enough too, but is less influenced by British blues rock and sounds mostly as just another Bonamassa typical "American" album. "Lonely Boy", a Jools Holland influenced rockabilly, sounds quite strange and is out of the place here. The closer, "Savannah", is a Southern rock piece, which looks like it's added just to complete the album's space since there were not enough original material.

Still, the whole album sounds fresh and really inspired, it's material alone could build a strong tour program, which will be released soon (and recorded on Bonamassa's next, live album).

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