I wanted to take the time to wish a very special birthday to the man who is “Always on the Road,” the expert guitar safari hunter, and the wizard of blues guitar, Joe Bonamassa. With nearly 35 years of obsessive practice under his belt, Joe has crafted a spectacularly successful career even with the greatest odds against him.
Like we all know by now, Joe got a big chance when he was asked to tour with B.B. King, the legendary blues guitarist. After that moment, the floodgates opened, and everyone wanted a chance to jam with the 12-year-old prodigy. He wasn’t just an impressive shredder, he was an actual musician who could hang with a band and add something useful to the sound.
As seen in this 1993 video with Robben Ford, 16-year-old Joe donned with his signature Stevie Ray Vaughan hat, showcases what the term prodigy really means. He plays with the experience of an older bluesman, piecing together a very impressive blues solo, and doing so next to the great Robben Ford. Also, over the years, Joe would go on to share the stage with countless fabulous musicians.
For Joe Bonamassa, the fame and recognition never went to his head. Instead, alongside his business partner Roy, he kept pushing forward and never let any roadblock stand in his way. 25 years later and Joe is now considered to be one of the greatest blues players alive and will most likely go down as one of the best in history.
We appreciate everything Joe has done for the guitar, blues, music, and music education through the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation. Thank you, Joe! Here’s to another 25 years!
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