Saturday, January 20, 2007

Joe Bonamassa

A 'big' discovery!

One of the advantages of being at home recovering and recuperating from a heart attack is that people visit you, sometimes people who you haven't seen for a number of years, sometimes your family and best friends, and sometimes just neighbours and passing acquaintances.

I had such a visit last week from a very old friend of mine, we go back a long time, his mother was a bridesmaid at my mother and father's wedding, and 'Saus' and I have known each other since the age of four! He brought with him, not grapes, or oranges, or books and magazines, but a carrier bag full of CDs, and knowing the vast majority of my musical tastes they were mainly blues and rock music.

"Do what you like with them" said 'Saus' "play them, tape, them, rip them copy them, or just enjoy them. Why don't you start with these six" he exclaimed!

"Hmmm............ Joe Bonamossa" I mused, "Who is he, I've never heard of him."
"Never heard of him? He's the new kid on the block, better than Clapton or Hendrix were at such an early stage in their careers" he said. "I'll be back to collect them next week".

So I set about listening to this new kid rock blue genius, I should not have been so flippant and offhand, this is brilliant virtuoso guitar playing of the highest quality imaginable, he can play any type of blues, blues rock, country blues, accoustic delta blues etc. Mind blowing! He played at the Customs House, South Shields in October last year and by all accounts was 'electric'.

If you are a fan of blues and rock music can I recommend that you have a look through these links and get to know Joe Bonamassa, view some of the video clips and watch the fingers of his left hand, I promise you will not be disappointed.


Joe Bonamassa Wikipedia entry.
Official site
Listen to tracks or download .wmv clips.

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