The guitarist's seventh solo release, "Sloe Gin," has spent eight weeks atop Billboard magazine's Top Blues Album chart even though it features more singing and a wider array of styles than its predecessors.
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained -- you know?" Bonamassa said. "A lot of the blues guys tend to easily put themselves on auto-pilot and milk it for eight or 10 years, eke out a living and put money in the bank.
"If I'm gonna kill myself and play five nights a week and fly all around the world and basically dedicate my entire existence to this thing, I might as well try and do something new and separate myself from the pack."