Miss You, Hate You

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa is a phenomenal guitarist, he has almost single handily put the blues back on the map.  He has to one of the most prolific artists around today in terms of album releases.  You can pretty much guarantee that Joe will give you a new album every 12 to 18 months and he isn’t just rehashing the same old shit, they  are remarkably different given the genre that he is playing in.  Some will argue that there is a bit too much Bonamassa around these days he is everywhere, there is so much product out there, live shows, guest appearances etc., etc. that you could almost drown in it.  I won’t count myself amongst those who think that.

When I first heard Joe he was in a more Rock than Blues phase, he was in his early 20’s and you can see by this video shot for Miss You, Hate You that the suits had some Top 40 plans for Joe. That shit didn’t work out and he had his own row to hoe which led him to his current shiny blues man suit and sunglasses image that he is famous for. He has laid the groundwork for a lot of guys like Phillip Sayce and Dan Patlansky and the Blues is really popular again. I am so happy he has had the success he has but for my money his ‘rock’ albums So It’s Like That in 2002 and Had To Cry Today will always be my favourites.