Gifted US blues rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa, picked up the guitar at the age of four, and by his mid-teens was opening for stars such as the legendary B.B. King. After playing in the short-lived rock-orientated outfit Bloodline, Bonamassa launched his solo career with 2000's stunning A New Day Yesterday, named after (and including a version of) the Jethro Tull song. Subsequent releases saw Bonamassa eschew some of the rock tendencies of his debut in favour of a more traditional blues sound, notably 2007's predominantly acoustic set, Sloe Gin. However he pulled in all the disparate strands of his career for 2009's The Ballad Of Joe Henry, which veered from muted folk blues, to sprawling, prog-like efforts.
Followers: Waylon Kreiger, Erin Davis, Berry Oakley Jr.
Influenced By: Jeff Beck, Free, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan...