Joe Bonamassa

Tuesday • Music Hall

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Joe Bonamassa

You don’t necessarily have to endure struggle to understand it. Take Bruce Springsteen, for example; although he’s never labored at a traditional job, few songwriters have as much empathy for the working man as The Boss.

Similarly, Joe Bonamassa has never suffered the slings and arrows that have beleaguered his musical forefathers, but it’s never stopped him from being an authentic and impassioned translator of the Blues.

While Bonamassa has never made a secret of his love for and debt to contemporary second-generation British Blues/Rock guitarists — Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Peter Green and Irish superstar Rory Gallagher spring to mind — his technical and emotional legitimacy has never been questioned. Renowned Blues guitarist Danny Gatton didn’t flinch when he mentored Bonamassa as a child, and legendary Bluesman B.B. King declared the youngster a star in the making when the 12-year-old Bonamassa opened for the jaw-dropped King.

Over the past 20 years, Bonamassa has proven that he can excel in any creative configuration. He’s played in bands (Bloodline when he was 14; most recently in Black Country Communion with Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham), in a duo setting with hair-raising vocalist Beth Hart, as a session guest on any number of albums and as a solo artist in both plugged and unplugged modes.

Bonamassa’s latest album, Different Shades of Blue, is a full-tilt electric experience, kicking off with a brief taste of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” — Bonamassa was peeling off Hendrix licks when he was 7 — and roaring into incendiary originals like the scalding “Oh Beautiful,” the funky “Love Ain’t a Love Song,” the relentless “Never Give All Your Heart” and the sinewy title track.

Want to get the Blues? Read a paper, watch the news, open your mail, pick a fight with your baby. Want to feel the Blues? Joe Bonamassa has a rainbow of Blues for you, in beautifully and defiantly different shades, and you will feel them all.


JOE BONAMASSA plays Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Music Hall. Find tickets/more info here .

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