Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues rock guitarist and singer.
He began his career playing guitar in the band Bloodline, which also featured the offspring of Miles Davis, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Berry Oakley of The Allman Brothers Band. He released his first solo album A New Day Yesterday in 2000, and has since released ten more solo studio albums, five live albums and four live DVDs, along with three albums with the band Black Country Communion, one with funk super-group Rock Candy Funk Party and one album in collaboration with vocalist Beth Hart. He tours the world regularly, and has developed a large following in the U.S. and U.K. specifically. His most recent album, Driving Towards The Daylight, reached #2 on the U.K. Top 40 Albums Chart, and he completed an arena tour there in 2012. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Classic Rock Magazine "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" award, and The Guardiansaid of him: "the 35-year-old from upstate New York has consolidated a reputation as the pre-eminent blues-rock guitarist of his generation".
Bonamassa has collaborated with numerous artists, including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Beth Hart, Paul Rodgers, Leslie West, Jon Lord, Vince Gill,Sandi Thom and Glenn Hughes. He also plays with Hughes in Black Country Communion, along with Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian.
Joe Bonamassa's music contains a mix of several different genres: although it is primarily blues rock, since relocating to Santorini, Greece in 2009 to record the album Black Rock (named after the studios in which it was created), his music has gained eastern influences, with the addition of instruments such as the bouzouki and clarinet (for instance, on "Black Lung Heartache" from Dust Bowl and "Athens to Athens" from Black Rock). He has also covered songs by John Hiatt and Leonard Cohen.