Joe Bonamassa names 10 guitarists who shaped his sound

Joe Bonamassa performs live
(Image credit: Kit Wood)

As far as the blues is concerned, when we think back on once-in-a-generation talents, a few names come to mind. Joe Bonamassa's name is perpetually perched in the upper echelons of that list. Ever-busy, Bonamassa once again finds himself on the road, this time for a quick jaunt of 16 shows.

"The tour has been great so far," Bonamassa says of the trek. "This is a short tour for us, but we're making as many stops as possible to get back out there and see everyone. We're trying to balance playing the songs we want to play against what people want to hear. I will say that this is a weird time of the year to tour because you go through these hot and cold swings due to unpredictable weather. It's all the same to me, though; if the room is full, I'm happy."

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.