Joe Bonamassa reveals “the best guitarist in blues rock that the world has right now”

Joe Bonamassa
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Look, we write about Joe Bonamassa a lot. We hear you. But when arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist singles out one other electric guitar player with a definitively superlative statement, we had to share the news.

In a new Instagram post (opens in new tab), JoBo - who is in the midst of his Keeping the Blues Alive cruise - enthused, “Our best Ballad of John Henry of all time. Thank you to Eric Gales for showing us all how it’s done!

“You are the best guitarist in blues rock and that the world has right now. Epic in every way!”

Presumably, Gales was a special guest, since he wasn’t featured on the bill for this year’s cruise, which included the likes of Peter Frampton, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Larkin Poe, Eric Bibb, Bernie Marsden, Curtis Harding, Philip Sayce and many more.

Gales’ effortlessly fluid playing style was most recently showcased on his latest album, The Bookends, back in February, which featured collaborations with the likes of B. Slade, Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.

Bonamassa certainly seems sure of his opinions these days, having named the ‘best’ guitar in his incredible collection only last week.

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).