Joe Bonamassa was born in Utica, New York on May 8, 1977.
He received his first guitar from his father at the age of 4, and by age 7 he was playing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix tunes note for note. At the age of 11, he was mentored by Danny Gatton and learned to play country, jazz and heavy rock.
He opened for B. B. King when he was 12.
After first hearing him play, King said, “He hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface. He’s one of a kind.”
B.B.’s analysis of Joe’s ability was right on track.
Today, Joe Bonamassa is known as one of the finest electric blues-rock guitarists on the planet and is a favorite of GuitarDaddy and TheGuitarBuzz.com.
Happy Birthday Joe Bonamassa!
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