HEADLINER: Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.
HEADLINER: Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. Contributed

Joe Bonamassa and his Blues of Desperation

A 12-YEAR-OLD Joe Bonamassa opened up about 20 of B B King's shows across the United States in 1989 in front of thousands of people.

His extensive guitar collection is one of the best in the world, and he will be performing at Tyagarah this Easter.

Blues of Desperation, his latest album, is set to be released tomorrow.

"We are going to do some stuff from the new album but we'll also get to the stuff that everyone wants to hear. It should be fun," he said.

"We so rarely do festivals. There are two reasons: I like playing at 8 o'clock and I like no opening act.

"Also, when I do a show, I don't want to look at my watch and go, 'Is our 90 minutes up?'

"Some bands are really good at playing festivals, that's the core of their business and they know all the tricks of the trade and they have the feel-good songs.

"To me, ultimately, I rather do my own show because I can tamper the dynamics, I can improve and I don't have to feel like a weight on my shoulders."

Bonamassa is also conscious of the amount of music on offer at big music festivals.

"There is only so much music you can hear in a single sitting," he said.

The artist has fond memories of his previous shows at Bluesfest.

"I am looking forward to playing there again," he said.

"The first time I played Bluesfest I had the world's worst back line, and I thought I sounded horrible. Conversely, people thought it sounded fine.

"This year I'm bringing my own back line."

DO NOT MISS

At the Crossroads stage on Easter Saturday from 10pm and Easter Monday from 8.30pm.



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