Friday, Nov 24, 2017 – 8:00 PM
2211 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201 Map
Born in upstate New York, Joe Bonamassa started playing guitar on a short-scale Chiquita at the age of four. By seven, he had graduated to a full-scale model and a year later, he was playing the blues like a veteran. At ten, Joe began performing at local venues and at twelve he was asked to open for B. B. King. The blues legend, after hearing Joe play for the first time, declared the kids potential unbelievable, one of a kind. Kings high regard for Joe would be echoed by other guitar greats the young performer would go on to work with, including Buddy Guy, Danny Gatton, Robert Cray and Stephen Stills. While still in his teens, Joe met musician Berry Oakley, Jr., and together they put together the group Bloodline.
Signed to EMI, although the band had strong initial success, it eventually disbanded. In 2000, Joe recorded his debut solo CD, A New Day Yesterday, produced by the legendary Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, John Coltrane). The memorable melodies and potent guitar work of A New Day Yesterday brought to mind the classic blues-based rock of Cream, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Allman Brothers Band. Upon returning from the road in 2002, Bonamassa hooked up with Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne) to record the muscular and sweeping studio disc So, It’s Like That, which hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart multiple times.
To celebrate 2003 Year of the Blues, Bonamassa released Blues Deluxe, featuring nine cover versions of blues classics along with three originals. Around this time, Joe became involved with Blues in the Schools, a program developed by the Blues Foundation to help perpetuate the heritage and legacy of blues music. The lectures take teenage students on a journey, tracing the evolution of blues music, from its birth among the field workers of the Delta during the late 1800s up to the present day. The lectures are followed by a live performance by Bonamassa.
A powerful fusion of the big rock sound and swampy blues, You and Me gets much of its inspiration from such masters as Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Bonamassa makes his home in Los Angeles.
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