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A SKEWED VIEW: Bonamassa brings hot licks back to CNY

Joe Bonamassa, born in New Hartford, is headlining the Landmark Theatre on Thursday, May 17.

Joe Bonamassa, born in New Hartford, is headlining the Landmark Theatre on Thursday, May 17. Courtesy of Joe Bonamassa

— Joe Bonamassa has grown into one of the best guitarists in today’s music, and a lot of that can be attributed to his connection with central New York.

Born in New Hartford, Bonamassa is another in a long line of musicians to emerge from his family. His parents used to run a guitar shop, a place where Bonamassa got his start of a life-long love of music.

Though he’s blossomed into a phenomenal musician, he won’t tell you that’s his day job.

“My life is like Groundhog Day,” he said in a phone interview May 11 while he was in Pittsburgh as part of his huge tour which will bring him to The Landmark Theatre on Thursday for a show that starts at 8 p.m. “It’s always the same. I wake up at 1 p.m., see the hotel for all of ten minutes. There’s a sheet of paper on the desk in my tour bus that has a list of interviews I have to do. I speak to people like you so you can get your story, then I shake 100 fans’ hands, do a quick soundcheck, shake some more hands, eat, then maybe have a few minutes to chill. I don’t play music for a living; I shake hands and do interviews. Playing guitar is just a small part of the job. I’m happy to be doing it.”

While his comments were tongue-in-cheek, Bonamassa is quite a busy guy right now. His tour began April 17 in Los Angeles and doesn’t conclude until May 25 in New Hampshire. He has already announced another tour that will keep him on the road from October through mid-December.

On top of that, he’s releasing an album on May 22 titled “Driving Towards The Daylight,” which features a collaboration with Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. It’s the 13th album of his career, recorded in Las Vegas and produced by Kevin Shirley, who has worked with Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, among many other well-known bands.

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