For most Nashville based musicians, “paying your dues” refers to countless writers rounds, shameless self-promotion on Instagram, and playing small local gigs with a bill of 9 artists. For legendary blues guitarist, Joe Bonamassa, paying his dues means leaving the one and only 1955 Howard Reed for one-night-only to shred at his sold out Ryman show to kick off his 2019 U.S. Summer Tour.
With arguably the best acoustics in the country, I’ve yet to hear an artist at the Ryman sound anything but angelic. Joe’s guitar tone this night was otherworldly. Like most guitar greats, he makes it look effortless. If a note fell out of place, you’d never know. Maybe it’s his laid-back composure or maybe it’s the mysterious sunglasses he wears for most of the night. 😎
He only takes a couple breaks throughout his set to briefly remove the shades, tell some personal stories about life in Nashville, introduce his talented band, and thank everyone for coming out. Aside from those short and sweet sentiments, he’s giving the SOLD OUT Ryman what they came for — face-melting guitar solos.
Joe Bonamassa Live Review & Photos by Adam Fricke.
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