Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

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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12 Responses to Joe Bonamassa is a New Breed of Guitar Player…

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  2. I heard him play a couple of years ago. Excellent!

  3. I am not that familiar to his playing either, but as far as I am, he is a great player. I was surprised by the second video. when was it made? he looks so young

  4. Joe is an awesome player!!! If you can find a copy of the CD “Bloodline”, he was only 15 when they recorded it.
    Now on his own, he can play any style music, and very well. His voice grates on me at times, but it sure gets the job done.
    He is quite a gear hound, also, and very technically skilled, as his rig will attest.
    Always a joy listen to what Joe is doing on the fretboard!!
    Allan.

  5. First it’s Joe the “Plumber”.

    Next, he really is a plumber. What he isn’t is licensed yet. And, yes, and it’s all perfectly legal.

    And, for the record, he never said that he made over $250,000. But he does believe that if he gets licensed, buys a plumbing business and hires more plumbers, he might someday.

    But, if it’s all going to be taxed away anyway, why bother?

    Which was his point.

    And Obama’s answer was pretty much “Tough. I don’t care. We’re gonna tax you anyway. We’ll keep most of it for large government programs and the rest we’ll use to give welfare checks to whomever we decide to.”

    With the economy sliding into what could be a serious depression, why in the world does it make sense to tax the people trying to create jobs?

    Welfare payments have the effect of trapping people where they are. The real solution is always increased opportunity and that means more jobs and that means taxing business less.

    The amazing thing is that lowering the taxes on business always results in more money in government coffers. Look at the recent Irish miracle for confirmation.

    When this obvious and well-known fact was put to Obama, he said that he didn’t care. He wanted to punish the rich. Whether it helps the economy or not.

    Please, dear God, as horrible as McCain is, let’s not elect Obama, product of the Chicago political machine.

    If you want to get a look at an Obama future, just read the Chicago papers. Their examination of the projects Obama left behind back in his community organizer days is pretty sobering. Mostly he shoveled state money to his thug friends like Tony the Syrian Rezko who built substandard housing and left poor people to rot in it.

    Even his political associates and supporters from Chicago hope without evidence that as President he will somehow be more successful than he was as community organizer.

    As for Joe the Guitar player, he is indeed a fabulous musician.

  6. ahhh Joe the plumber. The man lacks an understanding of how income is taxed. It is a long time before a sole proprietor or S corp officer actually earns enough to be taxed more heavily under Barack Obama’s plan. No business is ever taxed on gross income, but rather net income. That is what income is left after paying employees, employee taxes, employer’s unemployment insurance, health insurance, liability insurance, utilities, advertising, and on and on. So after all the expenses of running a business (which includes Joe’s taxable wages by the way) are subtracted from Joe’s gross income, if he comes out with a net profit of $250,000 he will be taxed at a higher rate than his employee who manages to house, feed, clothe, insure and educate his own family for under $60,000 a year. I think that is fair and reasonable. I think if Joe thought this over he would be voting for Barack Obama too. But of course it seems that these days thinking things over is way to complicated for the Americans who would rather stomp around angry about things they choose not to learn about or understand.

  7. You make it sound like no small businesses nets more than $250,000. Turns out your average gas station, or small farm, or grocery store generally makes much more than this.

    You are also making the huge error that the $250,000 cut-off is fixed in stone. That’s just the first offer. I’m sure that we can expect that number to drop once the true cost of nationalized health care sets in.

    But, the real issue, as I’m sure you know being as wise as you are, is the marginal tax rate. That’s the tax you’ll have to pay on the next dollar you make. This is the number that decides whether it is sensible to grow your business or not. This is what decides whether we have a continual explosion of new jobs or whether our economy contracts and we throw people out of work.

    And the more progressive the tax system, the higher the marginal tax rate. And the less reason anyone has to do better or do more. Since there’s no money in it.

    The interesting thing about the Obama plan is that he creates disincentives all the way from top to bottom. Even if you’re earning very little money, the welfare check that Obama wants to send you, as small as it is, will shrink if you try to make more money. So, why bother? The effect of income redistribution is to pin you to the class you’re in.

    And that’s even if you’re able to keep your job once the effect of high marginal rates and Obama’s further plans to tax business kick in. The rule is always tax what you want less of, and cut taxes on what you want more of.

    When Obama says investment”, you should hear “more taxes”. When he says “fairness” you should hear “more taxes”, when he says “change”, you should hear “lots more taxes”, and when he says “international standing”, you should hear “UN taxes”.

    There’s nothing about income redistribution that is “fair”. It’s always a bad idea. And, as we look into the maw of a real depression, it’s just plain stupid.

    Joe HAS thought these things over, and there’s no way he plans to vote for Obama or anyone like him. But, of course, it seems these days that thinking things over is way too complicated for the Americans that would rather stomp around ignorant of things they choose not to learn about or understand.

    And my favorite Joe the Guitar Player piece is “High Water Everywhere”. Pretty spectacular.

  8. Hugo Jeavons

    I agree Joe is brilliant, really talented. I’m also a massive hendrix fan and was amazed when i recently discovered stevie ray vaughan. But i don’t think joe is in jimi’s league. He’s a totally different guitarist so they’re not really comparable. In my opinion no one has ever come close to Hendrix in sheer talent. You can be technically perfect and still be nowhere near him. Having said that I am, like i say, a bonamassa fan an i think he’s doing a great job of getting people excited about blues again. Songs of his I recommend are : ‘trouble waiting’ has one of the best intros i’ve heard. ‘Dirt in my pocket’ and ‘wild about you baby’ are some of my fav bluesy songs of his. ‘Blues deluxe’ is beautiful. But i thin h=the best showcase of his sheer talent is had to cry today. It’s 6 mins 50 secs of the most insane soloing around today.

  9. You said it all Hugo. I agree 100% or more

    Thanks, Danny

  10. i just discovered joe a few weeks ago but he has vaulted to the top of my list. not only a virtuoso but a very fine singing voice and a dynamic song writer. the beautiful note making of a david gilmour with the blinding speed of eric johnson. he’s the best ive heard. BY FAR!

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