SAN JOSE, CA — Recently featured on the cover of Guitar World, the magazine has boasted Joe Bonamassa as “the world’s biggest blues guitarist,” and fans of the popular site agreed, in a 2019 year-end poll naming him the #1 best blues guitarist. His U.S. tour will bring him to the San Jose Civic on August 4th. [Click here for event information]
Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers worldwide. His 2020 summer shows will feature a signature selection from his vast track record of #1 albums, with classics, reinventions and more, backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (drums), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Nashville recording legend and Musician’s Hall of Famer Michael Rhodes (bass), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and incredible backup singers.
With his most recent album, Live at the Sydney Opera House, Bonamassa achieved his 22nd #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart. For Bonamassa, the music never stops, and the hit records keep coming! With over 40 albums to his credit thus far, including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and creative offshoots Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, the living legend somehow always finds ways to reinvent his artistry.
He has hosted six sold-out Caribbean music festival cruises, raising funds and awareness for his music education non-profit, Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) Foundation. KTBA aims to conserve the art of music in schools by funding projects, scholarships and grants that preserve music education for the next generation. The seventh edition of the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea festival is slated for March 8-12, 2021, sailing from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica with a star-studded line-up. For more information, visit bluesaliveatsea.com or bluesaliveatseaeurope.com.
Bonamassa recently spent time in the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London working on his next much-anticipated studio album, due out later this year. As an artist who spends nearly 200 days a year on the road and his spare time writing new songs, Bonamassa is always curating new ways to diversify his craft, hitting the stage with fervor, and bringing awe and amazement to crowds everywhere.
Catch your favorite guitarist as host of the weekly radio show Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa on SiriusXM’s Bluesville at 3pm PT every Monday via SiriusXM channel 74. He explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and curates an eclectic mix of everything from historical gems to forgotten favorites and modern hits.
For additional information, you can visit jbonamassa.com.
“The king guitar bee of contemporary blues rock, even as he’s made forays into jazz, fusion, country, hard rock, funk and other styles.” – Guitar World
“Roaring” – Blues Rock Review
“Always powerful.” – Rock and Blues Muse
“[Joe Bonamassa] sings and plays like it’s from the heart, and not the shades and suit.” – Jazz Weekly
“Legendary” – Haute Living