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Joe Bonamassa

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Telesphere, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. Telesphere

    Telesphere Tele-Meister

    Oct 11, 2005
    In the Telesphere
    Hi all,

    I've just checked out this guy's music, and can he play! I searched for his name on here, but I found nothing. Has anyone here seen or heard of him before? He lists Danny Gatton as one of his influences and one of the people he's played with.

    Of course, it was the image of such a striking Tele that drew me... 8) Edit...OK, having been suspicious of the colouring, especially on his face,as suspected, a little playing in Photoshop has been applied. I can't post it here, but the original colour on the body is a honey/tobacco sunburst style.

    A magnificent looking finish on that Thinline. The colour may not be to everyone's taste, but that's another matter. I'm especially intrigued about the swirling design on it too. No doubt this is a custom design, but I'd love to see more of the body and neck.

    Having seen lots more pics on his website, I see he uses other guitars too, including other Teles. Have a listen, here...

  2. 0le FUZZY

    0le FUZZY Former Member

    <li>Tew bad he wazent usin a good TELECASTER (like in yer pick-chure) on iss.
    <li>He mite haff sounded good (Twangy) onna low strings instead of like ---

    A bee trapped inna window sill

    0le FUZZY

  3. JohnK24

    JohnK24 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Western PA
    Joe is an amazing player...between him, Brad Paisley and Warren Haynes, those are today's new guitar superstars - total style, tone and CHOPS !

    Those teles are from a small builder, they have metal tops laminated to a thin like body. I believe one's copper and one aluminum...Joe supposedly loves them. He's using them a lot on the current tour. And his amps...Marshall Jubilees, Two Rock Signature, Fuch ODS and Budda 4x12 cabs...the boy plays LOUD !

    Great player, I too recently discovered his work ...I'm ordering up some cds this week.


  4. lpacilio

    lpacilio Tele-Meister

    Jan 3, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Joe is a family friend. As a kid growing up he could make jaws drop with his playing. By the time he was 12 he could pretty much blow any local guitar player right out of the box.

    His father is a vintage guitar dealer and Joe has an incredible collection of vintage guitars and amps. I photographed many of them for a calendar that was done for 2006-07 by Cherry Hill Publishing.

    Joe has a new album coming out in May and from the rough mix I heard at his father's house a few weeks ago it's going to be killer.

  5. Ramblin Ray

    Ramblin Ray Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    New York
    When I saw Danny Gatton at the old Tramps in NYC, he was sitting and talking with a young man, who I later found out was Joe. I introduced myself to Danny and asked "is this your son?"--he said "I wish!" Then he got up to play later in the show. Danny sat on the side of the stage with his arms folded and a big s--t eatin' grin on his face while Joe played.

  6. zeeman

    zeeman Tele-Meister

    Jul 15, 2003
    Just recentley discovered Joe in the last six months. I'm always the last to know. What a player. Can't wait for the new CD. Here's a great video of him tearin' up a tele.

  7. Cat

    Cat Tele-Meister

    Sep 27, 2004
    Joe is one hell of a player.

    There is a thread somewhere here of him playing a nice 60's Esquire.


  8. Bonneville Bruce

    Bonneville Bruce Tele-Holic

    Jun 12, 2003
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Smokin' Joe

    I had the great pleasure to see Joe open for B. B. King and Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Maryhill Winery in southern Washington right on the Columbia River October 6, 2005. Joe had a short set, but he blew me away. Kenny Wayne was great as well. Of course, neither of them made me forget B. B., who is the Man, but B. B. blows everyone away.

    I got his album, "So Its Like That" and it is the epitome of modern blues. Joe will be with us for a long time and will be putting out great music for a long time. He's a purty good singer as well. Seems to have a good head on his shoulders. That album is a real bargin with and hour+ DVD of a show he did, and it rocks from stem to stern. I agree with Buddy Guy, who told Joe, "You'd be my favorite Blues guitarist if you'd just divide by two." Joe has nothing to prove to the shredders, so it wouldn't hurt to slow down a bit and be more expressive. But anything he wants to do is O.K. with me, because I know he means well.

    Bonneville Bruce

  9. Masterbuilt

    Masterbuilt Tele-Holic

    Oct 28, 2004
    I've been a fan of Joe's for the last nine years.Bought Bloodlines in the US on vacation.Great player.
    He still plays really small venues here in the UK.Saw him last month at a 80 seater capacity venue!Great to see him in such close proximity.He deserves better though.
    He's more of a live player,some of his recorded releases have just missed the mark material and production wise and hence he's slipped under alot of folks radars.I hope his new release will be a bit more organic.He deserves greater things.
    All round nice guy,always stays behind to meet and greet.Check out his latest dvd release for the real Joe.
    He does play Tele's quite often(well Tele shaped) and I saw him a few years back with an original looking '60 Esquire.
    Anyone that digs Joe's stuff would be wise to check out the 'best' younger blues guitarist from the UK in the last 40 years...Matt Schofield.His latest release is a killer(Siftin thru the Ashes).Plays vintage Fenders(late 60's Tele and an early 60's Strat) through old Blackface amps.His style is refreshing and not too generic.Great tracks.He's heading to the US shortly...

  10. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 31, 2004
    Hackettstown, NJ
    I just discovered him a week ago, and have "A new Day Yesterday LIVE" and "Blues Deluxe" coming. I saw the video on his site of him playing "Burnin' Hell" and I was completely blown away. NOT ONE local store that carries CDs had ANY of his. I was shocked. Wal-Mart, Target, Circuit City, Best Buy, fye, nobody.

    I think he did an interview for Guitar Player awhile back? I'd love to read that. Actually, I fully expect to get the 2 CDs, love them so much that I order up the entire collection.

    I really like Johnny Lang, but his last album just didn't do it for me. He left the blues and went more Prince/Stevie Wonder. Weird. And I like Prince & Stevie Wonder. Kenny Wayne Shepard is a hell of a player, but he sounds too much like SRV for me, plus I don't like his singing voice or new rock material. His older stuff (when the band had a dedicated singer) wasn't bad, but KWS just sounds so much like SRV that it wasn't unique or interesting to me.

    When I saw J. Bonamassa doing "Burnin' Hell", my jaw dropped and I thought THIS is what I'm going to be listening to ALOT of in the near future.

  11. DickT

    DickT TDPRI Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    Did Joe's dad open a new store? My wife's dad lives in Utica and was sad to see that the store in Clinton, NY had closed up some time back. I had several conversations with him about his son and about his dealing guitars for celebs when Joe was touring with Jethro Tull a few summers ago.

    Dick Thaxter

  12. lpacilio

    lpacilio Tele-Meister

    Jan 3, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Bank Place Guitars

    The store went from Clinton to Hamilton.

    About a year ago Lenny decided that since the overwhelming majority of his business was being done via the Internet it was kind of pointless to have a retail location.

    So Bank Place Guitars is still fully operational, but there's no bricks and mortar location.

    Len brought a 56 Strat in dead mint condition over to my house a while ago for me to play. If only I were rich instead of an academic with two college age daughters and a third in law school.


  13. Poppatwang

    Poppatwang Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    St. Paul, MN
    If you search...

    using just "Bonamassa" as a keyword, you'll find
    he's been discussed a fair amount.

  14. MBradford6288

    MBradford6288 Tele-Meister

    Jun 9, 2005
    He's a freakin monster...

    Not only guitar wise but vocally too. That guy has a set of pipes. I've been clued in for a little while and I love his stuff. There was an article in guitar one either last year or two years ago up and coming young musicians. Needless to say, Mr. Bonamassa was on the list. Cool article. Glad you found a new guy, I think he's incredible.

  15. eddiewagner

    eddiewagner Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2005
    in 2 weeks he will play in my "neighbourhood"....

    and i got a ticket!!! it will be a rather small club and i am pretty happy. i rally would be p....d if i missed the next "guitargod".
    its kinda strange to see that the next big thing is playing in such a small venue. there you can see how little real good music is appreciated by the majotity of people theese days. and the stones take 160 euros for a ticket in the meantime.
    strange world for guitarplayers.....

  16. neocaster

    neocaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2006
    Chester County, PA
    Sold out in Philly

    He's playing here Friday evening at a new venue I like a lot (World Cafe Live) and it's sold out. I'm going to go down and see if any tix release close to showtime. Thanks for turning me on to this y'all. He's a joy to listen to.

  17. Telesphere

    Telesphere Tele-Meister

    Oct 11, 2005
    In the Telesphere
    Re: Sold out in Philly

    Oops! I made the mistake of searching via the Google search window above. But with the tdpri button checked, I would have thought that anything on here would come up. Apparently not.

    Having seen your replies, I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one impressed. It'll be interesting to see how he develops his career.

  18. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Joe is the Real-Deal!

    If you really wanna here the best groovin blues/rock, check out "Had to cry today", especially the title track!

    Blues Deluxe is also an awesome CD! Blues purists oughta really love that one!

  19. TJNY

    TJNY Friend of Leo's

    Feb 25, 2005
    Orange County, NY
    If you like him....'d love Bill Perry!! 8)

  20. TeleTurkey

    TeleTurkey Tele-Holic

    Feb 23, 2006
    North Carolina

    A little BB, a little Johnny Winter, a little Gatton...what's not to like. Heck, he even has the '70s Warren Zevon crazed look!

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