He is already 20 years into his career, having begun as a support act for BB King at the age of 12, before forming his first band, Bloodline, and launching himself on a prolific career.
As a child, he was a support act for major artists like Buddy Guy, Foreigner, George Thorogood, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman. At 14, after meeting Berry Oakley, he formed the band Bloodline with Erin Davis (the son of Miles Davis) and Waylon Kreiger (the son of Robby Kreiger, the guitarist of The Doors). Their sole album spawned two chart singles: ‘Stone Cold Hearted’ and ‘Dixies Peach’. The solo career of Joe Bonamassa began with the album A New Day Yesterday, produced by the legendary Tom Dowd (producer of the famous Eric Clapton album Layla and other assorted love songs). He followed this up with a string of records which did excellently in the charts, including the albums So, It's Like That and Blues Deluxe.
Joe Bonamassa is highly respected by his peers – he is not only a virtuoso guitarist, an engaging singer and an inspired composer, but also an artist who is perpetuating a tradition. After The Ballad of John Henry and Black Rock, Joe Bonamassa was back with Dustbowl, released in March 2011.