Joe Bonamassa’s path to the big blues stage was long and adventurous and saw many up and down moments. But, through it all, he remained positive and had an insane amount of perseverance that remains with him to this day. You don’t get the label of “Hardest Working Man in the Blues Business” for sitting around and waiting for gigs.
Before his breakout performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009, Bonamassa gigged and recorded relentlessly, like… well, like he still does every year. This guy doesn’t stop. He was frequently invited to festivals and to guest on other musician’s sets.
One fiery blues-filled moment came in 2007 at the “Blues From the Top” music festival in Winter Park, Colorado. The audience was treated to a mind-altering blues guitar battle that rattled the trees and melted some faces. A legend of the blues Walter Trout invited Joe Bonamassa to share some riffing knowledge with him on stage and the two engaged in an epic battle of the blues on their Stratocasters. What is amazing about these two particular blues players is that their soaring rock-like blues riffs are so precise and clean that it defies all guitar logic.
The two stellar musicians have been great friends for many years and have remained in touch and played together on many occasions since. Trout’s 2017 album We’re All in This Together features many of the genre’s top guitarists and other musicians, and of course has to include the blues-rock titan on there.
A few weeks ago, Joe made the special announcement that Walter Trout will be a headlining artist on his 2019 KTBA Cruise to Grand Cayman. The “Guitarmageddon” as Bonnamassa calls it will feature other musicians such as Davy Knowles, Samantha Fish, and many others so don’t forget to secure your spot now!
Keeping The Blues Alive