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Joe Bonamassa

Nov. 9 • Taft Theatre

By Brian Baker · November 5th, 2012 · Sound Advice
soundadvice_joe_bonamassa_photo_christie_goodwinPhoto: Christie Goodwin
Very few people fit the true definition of prodigy, but Joe Bonamassa could be the poster child for prodigies. By age 7, after three short years of playing guitar, Bonamassa was regurgitating note-perfect renditions of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

Shortly thereafter, he was mentored by the late, great Danny Gatton and, at 12, Bonamassa opened for an astonished B.B. King. When Bonamassa was 14, he met Berry Oakley Jr., the son of late Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley and the pair founded Bloodline with the sons of Miles Davis and The Doors’ Robby Krieger, recording one well-received album.

Bonamassa’s solo career began in 2000 and it’s been a busy dozen years since then. He’s released nine studio albums (including this year’s Driving Towards the Daylight), four live albums and three live DVDs, not mention his array of non-solo activities.

In a departure from most of his guitar peers, Bonamassa says he derived more influence from the British Rock translation of the Blues than the first generation of Blues greats. Although he tosses in shades of Jazz, Country and Prog, it’s not hard to hear Bonamassa’s love of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher in his scorching evocation of the Blues.

JON BONAMASSA performs Friday, Nov. 9 at Taft Theatre downtown. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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