Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock musician, singer and songwriter.
May 8, 1977 (age
New Hartford, New York, United States
Blues rock, rock and roll
Vocals, guitar, theremin, mandolin, dobro, banjo
Bloodline, Black Country Communion, Beth Hart, Rock Candy Funk Party, Jason Bonham, Joe Lynn Turner
Gibson Les Paul
Music Man Custom Steve Morse single and double necks
Gibson Flying V
Joe Bonamassa Quotes
"You know, my heroes were the columbine guys – Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Eric Clapton.
There’s so many – there’s Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher – another Irish musician who played the same things,
but don't tell him that. But those guys were my guys – Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. There's a certain
sophistication to their approach to the blues that I really like, more so than the American blues
that I was listening to. B.B. King's a big influence – he's probably my biggest traditional influence.
I love Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker and stuff like that, but I couldn't sit down.
I was always forcing myself to listen to whole records by them, where I'd rather listen to Humble Pie
do "I'm Ready" than Muddy Waters, you know? I think, the English interpretation of
the blues just hit me a lot better, you know?"
"When I heard Kossoff playing "Mr. Big" and when I heard Clapton playing "Crossroads" and when I heard Rory
Gallagher playing "Cradle Rock", I was like, 'This is way cooler'.... "British blues are my thing. When I
heard Rod Stewart and the Jeff Beck Group singing "Let Me Love You", it changed my life. I knew exactly
what I wanted to do. Those are my influences".
"My friends would ask me, 'Have you heard the new Van Halen record?' And I'd be like, 'Nope.'
I was listening to Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush".