Joe Bonamassa: “Driving towards Asia”

Blues-guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa has conquered the US of A.  He’s overwhelmed the capitols of Europe.  2012 is the year he finally has set his sights on Asia…  and he’s primed to overpower Bangkok on Saturday night, September 22nd!

Joe Bonamassa has been building an incredible reputation in the music world for years now.  He’ll tell you that he’s been fascinated by the guitar from the age of 4; that by the age of 7 he was playing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix tunes note-for-note.  B. B. King first heard Joe play when he was 10 years old, and famously remarked “This kid’s potential is unbelievable…  he’s one-of-a-kind.”

Fast forward 25 years to 2012.  Joe is the epitome of a hard-working artist in full flight.  This year alone he’s released a concert DVD and double CD with his touring group called Beacon Theatre: Live from New York, put out his 13th solo CD entitled Driving Towards The Daylight, while simultaneously adding a double live CD Live Over Europe from his group Black Country Communion, and preparing a new studio release from them as well for later this year called Afterglow.  Busy.  Very busy.  And touring constantly, over 200 dates per year.  Finally deciding the time was right to come to Asia.


Driving Towards The Daylight – his “lucky” 13th album – is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa’s signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians.  It features special guests including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford.  “We’ve taken some really traditional old blues songs – the Howlin’ Wolf song ‘Who’s Been Talkin’?’ and the Robert Johnson song ‘Stones In My Passway,’ and we’ve tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context,” said longtime collaborator and producer Kevin Shirley.

Bonamassa’s new album is still getting rave reviews:  All Music Guide said, “the arrangements and guitars mesh together like whisky and soda” and calls it “nothing less than astounding.”  American Songwriter ranks Bonamassa “among our greatest living guitar players.”  Across the pond, UK’s Guitar & Bass says its “one of his best,” The Sun calls Bonamassa’s playing “jawdropping,” and Guitarist said “his guitar, voice and songs are simply better than ever.”  To check it out for yourself, click here for a free download song from the album!

Here at Enlightened Planet we’ve been fans of Joe’s since 2006, when the reviews started to become “too good to ignore”.  Several music blogs seemed to catch on all at the same time, so every week I would see features on Joe.  It didn’t hurt that one of his earliest hits turned out to be an update to the Jethro Tull tune “A New Day Yesterday”; for someone who had seen Jethro Tull in their heyday this was an excellent introduction!  Obviously, Joe’s style has changed over the past few years, but the passion and intensity have not dimmed a bit…

Saturday night, September 22nd, Joe Bonamassa will appear in concert at 8:00pm at the Siam Pavalai Theatre at Siam Paragon, in Bangkok, supported by his stellar touring band of Rick Melick on keys, Carmine Rojas on bass, and Tal Bergman on drums.  Tickets are available at ThaiTicketMajor!

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