Front row tickets for one of Joe Bonamassa‘s Acoustic & Electric Performance… To say that Sexy Hubby and I were excited is a bit of an understatement. The 37-year-old guitar prodigy began his career as opening act for B.B. King at the age of 12. Joe Bonamassa has his own label, J&R Adventures and also created a non-profit foundation called Keeping The Blues Alive. The blues rock musician recently released Different Shades of Blue, his 11th studio album, and delivers on average a staggering 200 shows a year. His 2014 European tour ended yesterday in Belgium and will resume again in a month in the States.
I have Sexy Hubby to thank for discovering Joe Bonamassa and it was a first for me to see him live. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every second of it. Not only his music, but also the sheer pleasure and intensity he displays on stage. I was really thrilled to be sitting so close, giving me the opportunity to capture the expressions of Joe and his band.
Talking of his band, these six outstanding musicians brought their energy and passion into the show, for the greatest pleasure of the audience:
• Bassist Carmine Rojas
• Drummer Tal Bergman
• Keyboardist Derek Sherinian
• Percussionist Lenny Castro
• Gerry O’Connor on Irish fiddle and banjo
• Mats Wester on mandola and nyckelharpa (traditional Swedish instrument)
As could be expected, quite a few of Joe’s guitars came out that night; you can learn more about his collection on his website. The concert started with the acoustic performance, resuming after a short interval with the electric set. The break gave the public a chance to switch moods, going from intimate to… electrifying! I did try to think of another word but settled on this one as it best describes the latter part of the evening, which came to an end far too quickly. My only disappointment was that Driving Towards the Daylight was not included in the set list, as this song really touches me. I suppose there is always next year as I hear Mr. Bonamassa will be coming back to our part of the world.
• Woke Up Dreaming
• Seagull (Bad Company cover)
• Jelly Roll (Charles Mingus cover)
• Black Lung Heartache
• Happier Times
• Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits cover)
• Dislocated Boy
• Athens To Athens
• Dust Bowl
• Oh Beautiful!
• Who’s Been Talking (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
• Blues Deluxe (Jeff Beck cover)
• I Gave Up Everything For you, ‘Cept The Blues
• Love Ain’t A Love Song
• Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)
• The Ballad Of John Henry
• Mountain Time