New Q&A with Joe Bonamassa
Joe Answers Fan Questions & More!
Bluesman Joe Bonamassa Pays Homage To His Heroes With His ‘Three Kings Tour’.
By Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Most boys at the age of 12 are trying to figure out how to get out of mowing the lawn or wondering if that peach fuzz on their upper lips will EVER become a mustache.
Joe Bonamassa, now 38, wasn’t like most boys at 12.
Eight years after picking up a guitar for the first time, the New York state native who plays Blossom Music Center on Friday, Aug. 14, was touring Western New York and Pennsylvania with his band, Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa, and opening for the legendary B.B. King.
He put out his first blues album, “A New Day Yesterday,” when he was 23, and his most recent, the top-selling “Different Shades of Blue,” just last year. Along the way, he’s played with everybody who’s anybody, including King; Crosby, Stills and Nash; and even in a supergroup called Black Country Communion with Jason Bonham on drums.
Bonamassa to this day is the consummate road warrior, which is why a few attempts to connect by phone to preview the The Three Kings Tour – in which he’s paying homage to his heroes: Albert, B.B. and Freddie King, three unrelated superstars with blues in their DNA — just didn’t pan out. But he was able to answer a few questions – some our own and a few from readers — we sent him via email.
Q: You’ve said that you were drawn to British blues. Can you explain in layman’s terms what separates that from other genres of blues?
A: It basically boils down to environment and how you were brought up. The British kids were fighting to get out of the factories of Liverpool and Newcastle. The original masters were fighting to get out of Mississippi and [for] a better life. It is all about struggle and what battles and demons you are currently dealing with.