Joe Bonamassa In Concert
Show Date: December 9, 2014
Venue: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Photo by http://www.jamespattersonsgallery.com
Who says that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same spot? For me, the lightning of a Joe Bonamassa concert struck me twice this year. The first time taking place back in April in Lexington, Kentucky, and the second time was the night of December 9th at the Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
That Bonamassa bolt of musical lightning put on an absolutely amazing show.
Starting precisely at eight o’clock, Bonamassa and his band delighted the enthusiastic tri-state crowd with an eight song acoustic set. With a stompin’ rendition of “Dust Bowl,” Joe glided into “Jelly Roll,” “Different Shades of Blue” (from his new CD of the same name), “Black Lung Heartache,” “Happier Times,” “Jockey Full of Bourbon,” “Dislocated Boy,” and “Athens to Athens.”
Each and every song was brilliantly performed. The band was tight as tight can be. Joe’s riffs were precise and flawless. While I absolutely love Joe’s electric part of his shows, I could’ve also listened to the acoustic version all night long.
After precisely fifteen minutes of intermission time, Joe and the band hit the stage performing the first to cuts from “Different Shades of Blue,” (“Hey Baby” and “Oh Beautiful”) before seguing into “Hidden Charms.”
Joe then invited fellow blues man, J. D. Simo to the stage to play along on “Double Trouble” and “Gave Up Everything For You.” All I can say is, “Wow! Wow! Wow!” These guys tore it up! Thank you, Joe, for turning me on to Simo!
Bonamassa closed the show out with “Love Ain’t A Love Song,” “Sloe Gin,” and “Ballad of John Henry” with the encore being, “Django” and “Mountain Time” (a personal favorite of mine).
If you haven’t ever seen Joe Bonamassa live in concert, you’re really missing out on an incredible treat. Check out his DVD’s or look him up on YouTube. He’s definitely on my short list of all time favorites.