#1
Ya he's got great chops and everything... but there's something missing.

He sounds so derivative... like every idea he got from someone else. There's very little originality in his playing.

Ya I know everyone gets it from someplace else, but at least with Stevie Ray (who stole so much from Albert King) he had something of himself in there... a better tone, an attack that was all his... something unique.

With Joe Bonamassa it's almost too perfect.

Anyone else feel that way?
#3
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#4
Joe Bonamassa is an incredible guitar player but I have to agree that he doesn't make it subtle that he copies everyone.
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#5
Maybe as he gets older he'll start putting more of himself into it... but he's in his mid 30's... he better hurray.

As it stands now there's plenty of blues guitarists with less chops I'd rather listen to... anyone want to talk about that?
#6
I think he is a great guitarist. Who's style do you think he copied or takes ideas from, cause I'd like to compare
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As it stands now there's plenty of blues guitarists with less chops I'd rather listen to... anyone want to talk about that?


I'd rather listen to a bluegrass mandolin player's chops.
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#8
I think a lot of his style comes from the British Blues guys like Clapton, Page, Rory Gallagher, ... maybe Peter Green... and then on the fancy side more Eric Johnson... and of course he has some Stevie Ray/Albert King in there too.

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#11
"It's about tone, taste, and technique. Technique is last for a reason."

That's right from your own sig...

Why the hell would it matter if he is copying peoples techniques because Joe B has amazing tone and taste when it comes down to guitar stuff, anyone who says his tone sucks is ****ing tone deaf and well taste wise the man is on tour right now with 2 1959 bursts and a 1960 burst and a swag load of other vintage guitars probably totaling around four million dollars in guitars (not even shitting)
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#12
I would have to agree to an extent. He certainly has songs that I really do dig (Mountain time and River I think are two fantastic songs), but a lot of his music tends to sound very generic. That's not to say that he isn't a fantastic player with great musical ideas, because he is. I'm just not sure if he's been revolutionary to be considered one of 'the greats' at this point. He still has some time left though. I do know that he is an extremely hard working and passionate individual. Also seems like a great guy to grab a beer with.

I really hope to see him push though that barrier.
#13
I think he's a really good guitarist. He plays the blues very well so I don't see why he should do it any differently.

Anyone listened to Henrik Freischlader? Worth a pop if you're not quite content with the way Joe does things.
#15
He's a great guitarist, that's for sure. But certainly he's not original, and not really a true blues player. Really, he's more of your typical modern shredder attempting to be a bluesman when in reality he isn't.

And while his techniques are amazing, they've pretty much been lifted from guys like Eric Johnson.

Regarding his music, it's pretty much the entry level of blues, like how Avenged Sevenfold or Metallica is with metal or how Lil Wayne or Drake is with modern hip hop. He, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn, are fine to listen to if you're just getting into blues but they're not true bluesman like B.B. King or Albert Collins.
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He's a great guitarist, that's for sure. But certainly he's not original, and not really a true blues player. Really, he's more of your typical modern shredder attempting to be a bluesman when in reality he isn't.

And while his techniques are amazing, they've pretty much been lifted from guys like Eric Johnson.

Regarding his music, it's pretty much the entry level of blues, like how Avenged Sevenfold or Metallica is with metal or how Lil Wayne or Drake is with modern hip hop. He, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn, are fine to listen to if you're just getting into blues but they're not true bluesman like B.B. King or Albert Collins.


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