Central New York native Joe Bonamassa is hoping the third time’s the charm at the Grammy Awards. Bonamassa, who was born in New Hartford, N.Y., and grew up in nearby New York Mills, has been nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 2022 Grammys.
Bonamassa’s album “Royal Tea” will compete on music’s biggest night with The Black Keys’ “Delta Kream” (feat. Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown), Shemekia Copeland’s “Uncivil War,” Steve Cropper’s “Fire It Up,” and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram’s “662.”
It’s the third Grammy nomination for Bonamassa, who was previously up for Best Traditional Blues Album with “Live At The Greek Theatre” at the 2016 Grammys and Best Blues Album for “Seesaw” (with Beth Hart) at the 2013 Grammys. He went home empty-handed both times, but maybe 2022′s ceremony will end on a different note.
Other notable 2022 nominees include the Steve Gadd Band’s “At Blue Note Tokyo” for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Gadd is an Irondequoit, N.Y., native and Rochester Jazz Fest favorite known for drumming on classics like Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and Steely Dan’s “Aja,” plus performances with Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, and Carly Simon.