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Top Guitarist Joe Bonamassa

Picture the following scene.  It is late at night, I am driving home from the airport after getting the last flight out of Amsterdam.  I am tired and I need something to pick me up for the drive home.  Scanning through the radio channels is proving to be disappointing until all of a sudden out of the speakers comes the beautiful sound of a guitar playing some really sweet blues.  That was my first introduction to the Top Guitarist Joe Bonamassa and I have been a fan ever since.

Joe Bonamassa is an American predominantly known for his blues and rock guitar playing.  He is one of those individuals who almost has a natural affinity with the guitar, whereas some, and I include myself, have to wrestle with the instrument, Joe just plays, and boy can the man play.

His Dad gave him his first guitar at the age of 4 and by the age of 7 he was playing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix note perfect.  Don’t you just love him!  Bonamassa cites Danny Gatton as a major influence on his guitar technique as he was mentored by Gatton for a few months when he was just the tender age of 11.  Now at just 36 years of age he has played with some of the greats in rock and blues music from Buddy Guy and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker.  The other major influences on his guitar style are interestingly mainly British and Irish rather than American.  In interviews he states that guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green and Paul Kossoff all had a major impact on the way he developed as a musician.

Joe Bonamassa released his first solo album A New Day Yesterday in 2000 and has since recorded 10 more studio albums, 5 live albums and 4 live DVDs.  To get an idea of the genius of the Joe Bonamassa we recommend his compilation album of his greatest hits to date.  Released in 2012 No Hits, No Hype, Just The Best the album covers the full range of the Bonamassa guitar technique and is a must for any blues guitarist.

To give you an idea of the talent he possesses we found this great You Tube video where Joe Bonamassa describes, in his own inimitable way, how he plays the guitar.

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