Legendary blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will continue shredding into the new year with a brand-new spring 2019 tour! The 22-date trek will act as an encore to Bonamassa’s previously announced fall 2018 run, giving fans ample opportunity to witness his talents live in concert.
The tour covers the eastern United States, commencing in Fort Lauderdale where Bonamassa is slated to perform three shows on February 15-17. From there, he’ll hit cities like Savannah, Knoxville, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. The tour will wrap with two shows in Westbury, New York on March 22-23.
Advertised as “the guitar event of the year,” the tour comes two months after the highly anticipated release of Bonamassa’s British Blues Explosion Live, which earned positive reviews. The blues icon is set to release another album, Redemption, on September 21.
Featuring 12 original songs, Redemption is Bonamassa’s 13th solo album exploring themes of rebirth and—as the album's title hints at—redemption.
“I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through," Bonamassa said. "It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful, but knowing that there’s a rising coming.”
Catch his latest music live at the next show!
Who is Joe Bonamassa?
Joe Bonamassa is a blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter from New Hartford, New York who tapped into his musical gift at an early age. When he was 12 years old, he opened for the acclaimed B.B. King, a testament to his talent and an early indicator of his future successes.
He started playing guitar at age four, encouraged by his father, who was an avid music fan and exposed him to British blues rock records by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. At 11 years old, Joe was mentored and trained by American guitar legend, Danny Gatton. When he was 12, he had his own band called Smokin' Joe Bonamassa and played gigs around New York and Pennsylvania.
In the last 13 years, Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number one on the Billboard Blues charts. In 2013, he earned a Grammy Award nomination for his collaborative album SeeSaw with Beth Hart.
In addition to his music career, Joe Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organization called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need.