Joe Bonamassa Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 04 Oct, 2020
Facts of Joe Bonamassa
Date of Birth: 1977
Name Joe Bonamassa
Birth Name Joseph Leonard Bonamassa
Nick Name Smokin' Joe
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New Hartford, New York, USA
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Net Worth $20 million
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Brown
Married No
Online Presence Twitter, YouTube, Official Site
Music Group Bloodline, Black Country Communion, Rock Candy Funk Party
Albums A New Day Yesterday (2000), So, It's Like That (2002), Blues Deluxe (2003), Had to Cry Today (2004), You & Me (2006), Sloe Gin (2007), The Waffle House Restroom Tapes (2008), The Ballad of John Henry (2009), Black Rock (2010), Dust Bowl (2011), Driving Towards the Daylight (2012), Different Shades of Blue (2014), Blues of Desperation (2016), Redemption (2018), Joe Bonamassa Christmas Comes But Once A Year (2019), Royal Tea (2020)
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Joe Bonamassa is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and musician. His career began when he was 12 and opened for blues legend B.B. King. He has since released 13 studio albums, 15 video albums, 17 live albums, and 30 singles; and was associated with bands like Bloodline and Black Country Communion.     

How Old is Joe Bonamassa? What is his Height?

Joe Bonamassa was born on May 8, 1977, as Joseph Leonard Bonamassa in New Hartford, New YorkAs of October 2020, he is 43 years old and stands at 6 feet (1.85 meters).

Bonamassa picked up his first guitar at age four and names musicians like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck as his greatest inspirations.   


Joe's father, a huge blues fan, inspired him to pick up his first guitar at age four. He displayed uncanny talent at playing the guitar and by age 12, Bonamassa was the frontman of his own band, Smokin' Joe Bonamassa. The band was a fixture of clubs around the New York and Pennsylvania area. A career highlight during his time came when his band opened for blues legend B.B. King

His guitar virtuoso became apparent during his performance stint on The Mickey Mouse Club and was cemented when he joined the blues-rock band Bloodline with the sons of eminent musicians Sammy Hagar, Miles Davis, Robby Krieger, and Berry Oakley: Aaron Hagar, Erin Davis, Waylon Krieger, and Berry Oakley, Jr., respectively -- all before he turned 18. 

He dropped his debut studio album, A New Day Yesterday, in 2000. To date, he has released 13 studio albums, 15 video albums, 17 live albums, and 30 singles. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2017 for his live album, "Live at the Greek Theatre".

Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart SOURCE: Cover Me Songs

Bonamassa is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time and has performed with music groups like the hard rock supergroup, Black Country Communion; the jazz-funk band, Rock Candy Funk Party. He has also collaborated on four albums with the blues-rock/jazz musician Beth Hart.       

Besides that, Joe Bonamassa is also a connoisseur of guitars and amplifiers and has amassed a wide collection of vintage guitars and amplifiers.            

Is Joe Bonamassa Married? 

Joe Bonamassa has never been married but came awfully close once when he was engaged to be married to his girlfriend, the Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom.

Joe Bonamassa and Sandi Thom SOURCE: Pinterest

It was not to be as Bonamassa called off the engagement and promptly moved out of Thom's house.      

At the time of this writing, the 43-year-old blues legend is reported to be single. 

What is the Net Worth of Joe Bonamassa?  

According to, Joe Bonamassa is believed to have a net worth of $20 million. His eminent wealth is attributed to his career as a singer-songwriter and musician, including record sales, music tours, festivals, public and media appearances, and merchandise sales.