Since I started to jam or goof around with Allan C., we have become quite friendly. I hope it lasts forever. Not to many folks I feel that way about. There is a difference between a true friend and an acquaintance, a true friend is for life. Anyway, other than playing guitars and bullsh’i’ng a lot, Allan has opened my world of music up. Not to hard to do for me, as most of you know by know I am a Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan addict.
Do you know Joe? Not Joe the plummer(what a phony, he isn’t even a plummer!), but Joe Bonamassa? You should know him if you don’t. My recommendation. To put it mildly, Joe Bonamassa is doing the same thing Jimi and Stevie did, making a difference in the big picture of guitar playing and the world of music. I’m a new fan and have little experience or knowledge of this virtuoso, but what I know already is that he will leave a permanent mark in the art of playing the guitar, particularly the blues.
He is definitely not limited to playing the blues by any means, by using one particular scale and position on the fretboard, Joe B. can play a blues lick, country lick, jazz lick and rock lick without thinking about it, all in one phrase, non stop. Proof, that guitar players have unbelievable amounts of muscle memory.
I don’t feel qualified to jabber on about things I don’t know about Joe Bonamassa, but I am qualified to say what I feel at this point in time. Note: Make sure you watch the videos I put here, because there is a lot of background on Joe, and of course listening to him is nearly like a drug you will be hooked on forever.
I have tried to arrange them in an order that will give some great background first, the last one being a true show of his abilities. Like Jeff Healey, he deserves way more recognition than he has now, and should he live a long healthy life, will become a household name. That is a guarantee.
Before you watch the video’s, I want to say that Joe Bonamassa is a combination of many essential guitar players that have influenced me, his vibe is very much his own and makes him unique in itself. He already has a style that is easy to identify, even listening on the radio. To me he is a beautiful combo of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King with a little Hendrix. I don’t have all of the words to describe him yet. Do what we do at Guitar Players Center, ENJOY watching and listening to the videos.
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