Joe Bonamassa is an honest-to-god blues prodigy. By the time he released his debut album in 2000, the guitarist, only 23, had already finished up a stint opening about 20 shows for the legendary B.B. King — when he was just 12 years old — and had earned recognition for his six-string chops with his band Bloodline while still in his teens. Bonamassa hits Spokane next Tuesday, right before he takes up a three-day residency at Seattle’s Moore Theater, and although ticket prices are noticeably steep, he’s known within the blues community as a guy you just have to see live. If your wallet can handle it, be sure to check him out.
— Nathan Weinbender