Two time Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, who at the tender age of 11 toured with the legendary B.B. King, will bring his skillful guitar prowess to Jones Beach on Fri, Aug 19, 2022.
Bonamassa plays with special guest The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on Aug. 19. He was recently nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Blues Album for his "Royal Tea" record from 2020 and just released a new album called "Time Clocks."
For the first 20 years of Joe Bonamassa’s career, one constant has always been touring. Even as he maintained a schedule that has seen him release 14 solo albums, even more live CDs or DVDs, as well as multiple releases with the bands Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, and collaborations with Beth Hart, among others, Bonamassa has generally played a pair of extensive U.S. tours and a trip through Europe every year.
So seeing the pandemic interrupt what has been a key component in making Bonamassa arguably the world’s most popular blues-rock artist — all while self-releasing his albums rather than singing to a record label — had to turn life upside down for the talented guitarist/singer.. Bonamassa isn’t complaining too much, though.
“It was definitely the break that I needed to take that I would never have taken myself,” he said in an early October phone interview. “So there’s that. I mean, it is what it is. There was nothing anybody could have done about it. I was just fortunate to be in a position where I didn’t have to sell my car.”
Now Bonamassa is back playing in person for audiences. He has plenty of songs to work with, including material from his 2020 album, “Royal Tea” (the pandemic prevented him from touring behind that album) and his new effort, “Time Clocks,” which was released on Oct. 29. Despite the wealth of new songs, Bonamassa said his show will cover his back catalog as well.. “We have a lot of new stuff. The whole show is new,” Bonamassa said. “So yeah, I brought back a few old songs, a couple of songs from (older) records we never played (live). I did a lot of stuff. We have a lot of alternates, too, that we haven’t gotten to. The cool thing is it keeps it fresh for us. We can change the sets every night, and still hopefully achieve the same result.”