Guitar Man (2020) [Guitar God Essential Movie review]

Discover the extraordinary story of legendary bluesman Joe Bonamassa in the inspirational documentary GUITAR MAN, arriving on Video-On-Demand and for Digital purchase December 8, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. From average Joe by day to guitar hero at night, GUITAR MAN tells the incredible rise of blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa, whose hard work and determination have made him one of today’s top-selling blues artists. With more #1 Blues albums than anyone else in history, Bonamassa pulls back the curtain on his incredible career, allowing us to see his remarkable musical achievements and pioneering style. Featuring behind the scenes interviews and live concert footage showcasing some of the biggest names in music, kick back and enjoy the exhilarating soundtrack of his phenomenal life. GUITAR MAN showcases Bonamassa’s astounding talent from his childhood as a "wunderkind" discovered and mentored by Blues legend B.B. King. At the age of only 43, Bonamassa has an illustrious career spanning over three decades. Through highs and lows, Joe persevered, taking his musical journey into his own hands to overcome challenges and reach his goals. In 2009, Bonamassa fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and was joined on stage by Eric Clapton, marking a pivotal moment that elevated his music to the next level.

Guitar Man is one of the 800 documentaries I watched in 2020. Joe Bonamassa is one of those master guitarists that all musicians I know listens to on a loop. There is a moment near the start of the documentary where Bonamassa has to get into character that I dug. It’s a personality and performance trick that just made me nerd out. Little aesthetic things like that just blow my brain out the back of my head.

Joe Bonamassa Guitar Man digital

Joe Bonamassa isn’t quite the name that B.B. King was, but he’s approaching that level of Blues Rock guitarist. What makes the difference here is that Bonamassa hasn’t had that level of media penetration. Films like Guitar Man will help that along, but it’s going to take several years for this to take hold. I don’t make the rules, people.

Live concert footage is interspersed with hearing about how Bonamassa developed as a guitarist. The biggest part of Guitar Man is watching how Bonamassa developed as an artist. He talks about how he was shunned by fellow teen bands because he was growing beyond their abilities. Watching one person mature to an insane level is sad and kinda lonely.

Watching the creative process with guitarists is quite fascinating. Bonamassa jams with his touring band and then we see him with his side project. I dig the drummer’s sound, but everything else is fully out of my wheelhouse.

Guitar Man follows Bonamassa into his interests with British classic rock, but that’s where the film goes off the rails. It’s not like that’s a big deal. However, Guitar Man becomes super obsessed with the fan minutia of watching your favorite artist just chill. When I was in college, I’d look up trivial stuff like this all the time.

While not my favorite documentary of all time, I’d still recommend giving Guitar Man a shot.

Guitar Man hits Digital on December 8th from Paramount

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Troy Anderson is the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of AndersonVision. He uses a crack team of unknown heroes to bring you the latest and greatest in Entertainment News.

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