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Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues guitarist/singer, well known for his raw, gritty voice and technically accomplished playing. His style is considered in the same blues-rock style as Stevie Ray Vaughan (an early inspiration), Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang.
Bonamassa was born in Utica, New York. His father Len owns a guitar store in Utica and as a result Joe started playing a short scale Chiquita guitar when he was 4 years old. He first opened for B. B. King when he was 12 years old. He was invited to attend a Fender guitar event when he was 14 years old and during that trip to the West Coast he met Berry Oakley, Jr., the son of The Allman Brothers Band bassist. Joe and Berry founded the group Bloodline with Miles Davis's son Erin and Robby Krieger's son Waylon. They released one album, on EMI, which produced two chart singles - "Stone Cold Hearted" and "Dixie Peach."
Bonamassa's first solo album was "A New Day Yesterday", released in 2000 and produced by the legendary Tom Dowd. The song "Miss You / Hate You" from that CD continues to be prominently featured in all of Bonamassa's shows. The...