Joe Bonamassa Picks The Best Rock And Roll Guitar Player Alive


In a recent interview with New York’s Q104.3, the blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa revealed the alive rock and roll player he admired the most.

Joe Bonamassa started to become a part of the music scene by making many openings for B.B King while he was a teenager. He has created over ten albums, many of which became number one on the Billboard Blues chart. The guitarist proved his success by releasing several hit records and receiving three Grammy nominations.

Bonamassa has been known for his extensive vintage guitar and amplifier collections. He also formed the independent record label Keeping the Blues Alive Records, in which he has supported talented blues musicians. Its current artists include the names like Larry McCray, Dion DiMucci, and many others.

The blues guitarist has also collaborated with other names and created successful works with them. After being very impressed by the performance of the singer Beth Hart whom he watched on television, the guitarist wanted to make a collaboration with her. The pair started working with the producer Kevin Shirley and recorded the cover album ‘Don’t Explain,’ released in 2011.

Bonamassa has taken influences from other successful musicians throughout his career. He recently picked Jeff Beck as the best rock and roll guitarist worldwide. According to the blues guitarist, Beck has always found a new way to deliver his songs in a unique way throughout his whole career. Bonamassa has stated that one can understand Beck’s playing without seeing him and can feel every emotion in the melodies he created, owing to his exceptional instrumental talent.

Joe Bonamassa said in his words about Jeff Beck:

“Every decade rolls over; he’s still the best rock ‘n’ roll guitar player in the world. He figures out a new way to do something different with the guitar in every decade that he’s been active – ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s to now. Beck would retreat into his dressing room, and he’d take his guitar and plug it into his little practice amp. It was probably just some little battery-powered thing. And I should have been playing too because we had to go on before.

I couldn’t even look at the guitar while I was listening to that. It made you want to weep, and you’re like, ‘It’s him; it comes out of him.’ And it doesn’t matter if it’s a little practice amp, you just give him a guitar, and he’ll figure out a way to get these sounds out of it, and that’s complete raw talent. It’s not the equipment; it’s just him.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.