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Sorry Joe Bonamassa but....

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by TeleToTheRain, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. TeleToTheRain

    TeleToTheRain Tele-Holic

    Feb 25, 2012
    in a van by the river
    I was wrong...

    I think I saw him on a cover of a guitar magazine, or a quick video clip, and was immediately turned off by the grin, shades, slicked back hair, and suit, and what I looked at at the time as being somewhat milk toast Les Paul wielding white boy blues playing.


    Just saw him on one of Norm's Rare Guitars videos on YT a week or so ago, and his guitar geekiness and personality had me interested in looking deeper. Ok, I'll be honest, maybe it was the thumbnail of the vintage Broadcaster in the YT feed that first drew me in....

    Sure, he did come out a couple years ago on Twitter railing against the Grammys in a less than humble tirade, but I like the guy, it's just his personality sometimes, and there's an honesty there that I presumptively thought his "look" on stage betrayed... not the case. I actually see that look now and think it's kind of funny in an 80's album cover kinda way.

    I've now watched a bunch of interviews, a documentary on his YT channel, etc. and he really is a down to earth dyed in the wool guitar geek like all the rest of us, save for the whole crazy he's got more talent in his left.... than we have..... he has a real respect for all the greats, and knows their playing inside and out!

    I wouldn't say I'm a fanboy for all his music or anything, although The Ballad of John Henry has the greatest riff I've heard in a while. (Official Music Video version on YT is the one to check out)

    If you haven't already, give Bonamassa another chance... I subsequently found out that A LOT of "guitar people" don't like him... perhaps its for the same reasons I didn't at first, or jealousy over the fact that he was playing with BB at 8 years old, etc.... but dig deeper, it's worth it.... if for nothing else, to check out all the insane gits he PLAYS and takes out on the ROAD!

    Take it easy my friends, just felt compelled to tell ol' Joe sorry my man!
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  2. TeleToTheRain

    TeleToTheRain Tele-Holic

    Feb 25, 2012
    in a van by the river

    Here's that vid. I think the solo was a bit of a missed opportunity, but that riff! and the vocal are great.
    Some people don't think he's original enough, but from what I've heard, he's pretty darn eclectic, doesn't just "copy" other "burst" players blues playing like he's been accused of, but that's just my opinion.

    His backline is no longer a complicated array of Marshalls, Dumbles, effects, etc.... just a group of old tweeds, cool! again, just my opinion

  3. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    There really is a big disconnect between his ultra-cool stage image and his regular guy offstage presence. He always sounds like a lovable kid when I hear him talk about music.

    I have a lot of respect for what he has accomplished professionally. Through work. I can only imagine how much advance planning goes into keeping his career thriving.
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  4. TeleToTheRain

    TeleToTheRain Tele-Holic

    Feb 25, 2012
    in a van by the river
    very true, and I'd imagine so

    1:18... says it all

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  5. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    I've met the guy in person at a local guitar show, and honestly, he acts like a little priss. I guess people get so enamored by him that they don't see him for what he truly is.

    Hell if I'm going to support that kind of poor behavior. He's kind of turned into an egotistical dude that just happens to play guitar slightly more consistently good than others.
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  6. irie

    irie Tele-Holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    Orange County, CA
    haters gonna hate! I can understand why some people dislike him but he is a gear nerd just like us and a knowledgeable one at that. I really enjoy watching and listening to his video's too.
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  7. Steve Ouimette

    Steve Ouimette Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Nothing but respect for Joe. I've met with him on multiple occasions and he's always been funny, smart, interesting and quite generous. Last time I saw him was at his rehearsal facility in N Hollywood and he was carrying 2 Gibson chainsaw cases. My buddy knows him well and signaled him to come over. I said "what chat got in the cases, a couple of Firebrand Les Pauls, lol?". He smiled and opened them up. 2 bursts. "Wanna play them?". So he pulled one out of the case and handed it to me like it was a $500 guitar (but with reverence), while he tuned the other. Then we swapped. We both played for about 10 minutes and he told me the story of how he acquired them. After that we talked about the pair of '68 Superlead stacks he had just bought from a little old lady in upstate NY.

    Super nice. He wasn't wearing the shades at the time, lol. I like Joe and love his playing.
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  8. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Jan 23, 2007
    Like him.....a lot
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  9. MuddyDitch

    MuddyDitch Tele-Holic

    Jun 1, 2014
    Tulpehocken Delta
    He puts on a good show and really gets the crowd grooving. Love his recording of Tennessee Plates.
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  10. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's

    A long time fanboy here. I've always railed against slander threads. Nice to see some pro Joe. I think his live at the Royal Albert Hall is tremendous! I love that concert.

  11. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Nice post, TeleTo, I'm a big fan of his and have never really understood why some are so down on him. Amazing talent, and great support and commitment to blues and vintage gear.

  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  13. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    I think he's a great player but he just rips that Eric Johnson lick a lot. I think I like that tribute to Muddy Waters stuff better than his own songs. It's great he's had success without radio or whatever but he does come off as not very humble.

  14. texastengu

    texastengu Tele-Holic

    Aug 23, 2016
    Austone, Tejas
    Joe's played here in Austin more times than I can remember and long b4 his fame came he was playing down at Antone's and I'd ridden the motorcycle downtown and parked out front and was waiting to visit with him afterwards and there was a massive line of girls getting him to "autograph" their bodies so they could go down the street to True Blue to have it tattooed and Joe glanced over at me and asked if I wanted anything signed and I was holding my skid lid and handed it to him and he said "Damn! I've autographed a lot of things but this is the first motorcycle helmet". Just a regular kid enjoying what he likes to do.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016
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  15. Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2013
    Long Island
    I like Joe best when he was doing Black Country Communion. Great band!
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  16. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    He does quote EJ quite a bit - and that dude is tiring.

    **Full disclosure : when I was 18 I wanted that much guitar soloing and so-so songs as an excuse for even more soloing. Now ? Less is more. You have to admit - there is no subtlety to that guy.**

    On the other hand - if he can make money and acquire that level of gear doing that stuff ? More power to him. I respect anyone with a good grift and that dude has a great one.
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  17. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    has anyone seen him and that mayer guy in the same room?

    just sayin

    (Full disclosure- I've never knowingly heard anything he's done, I just read what you guys have to say :))
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  18. xland

    xland Tele-Meister

    Mar 26, 2015
    Central Illinois
    <-----big fan of Joe. After seeing him in concert a few years ago I was inspired to finally pick up the guitar and learn to age 45.
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  19. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 31, 2004
    Hackettstown, NJ
    I still prefer pre-Kevin Shirley JB (Blues Deluxe is my favorite JB album), and I enjoy his YT vids much more than his live DVDs (altho his Rockpalast DVD is awesome. Pre-Shirley)

    I saw some vids from the Red Rocks "Muddy Wolf" show, and thought... hmm... now THIS I can get into even more... not the "Kevin-Shirly-hey-Joe-you-should-sound-like-Zepplin-and-Paul-Kossoff" stuff, but American blues.... and THEN I saw clips from his 3 Kings tour, and was blown away again (like I haven't been in years)... LOVE the band with the horn section and backup singers too!! I just got the Live At The Greek DVD (3 Kings Tour), but haven't watched it yet.


  20. dankilling

    dankilling Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 28, 2014
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I've seen him live a few times and have never walked away unsatisfied. I actually like his acoustic sets better than his electric, but now that he is 'simplifying' his sound I really am liking what I hear from him as of late. He's a fantastic player, and a genuine guitar aficionado.
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