Paul Kossoff: All Right Now

Paul Kossoff isn’t exactly a household name, but he’s a real legend among guitar freaks. Best known as the guitarist from the band Free, Kossoff died tragically young at age 25. In his short time with us, though, Kossoff gave us some amazing music and today Joe and Matt select five of his best tracks. You’ll hear about his blooming tone, the stripped-down gear and the vibrato that had Eric Clapton asking for lessons!

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My Life As An Opening Act

These days Joe Bonamassa is a headliner who sells out theaters around the world. But that wasn’t always the case. When he was starting out, he spent years on the road as an opening act for much more established artists. Not only did the experience give him the chance to reach new audiences, but it also gave him some great stories. Wardrobe advice from George Thorogood? Check. Lending an amp to BB King? Check. Performing a private concert for Ian Anderson? Check. On this week’s episode of the Pickup, Joe tells tales from when he was only known as Special Guest.

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Jimmy Page Fan Favorites

This list may be the definitive best-of Jimmy Page! Recently on Joe’s Facebook page, we asked his two million fans for their favorite Jimmy Page solos. As a crowd who knows a thing or two about great guitar players, their response was overwhelming! …

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Winter Blues

Johnny Winter turns 70 this week and the Pickup team honors him by picking five of his greatest records. Matt and Joe reflect on his take-no-prisoners singing and his sound on acoustic, electric and slide. You’ll hear how he got discovered, the unusual way he strung his 12-string and his role in creating the most soulful thing to ever come out of Greenwich, Connecticut!

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The Best Blues For Valentine’s Day

The cliche about the blues is that all the songs are about broken hearts and drinking away your sorrows. Yes, it’s true, we have more than our fair share of full-on bummed-out songs. But for this Valentine’s Day, Matt and Joe put our heads together for the smartest, sexiest blues numbers with a focus on great guitar players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Bonnie Raitt and more.

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ALL ACCESS PASS: The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is a mecca for music fans, especially those of us who are obsessed with electric guitars. On a recent stop in Ohio, Matt and Joe got a private tour with the Rock Hall’s curatorial director Howard Kramer. Howard showed them guitars owned by Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and a whole room dedicated to Les Pauls. Joe was in heaven and had stories about every single instrument! Meet the guitars owned by these giants:

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The Pickup’s Grammys After Party

The Grammys were handed out on Sunday and we were keeping our fingers crossed: Joe had been nominated for his first-ever Grammy for his collaboration with singer Beth Hart on the album Seesaw. Joe and Beth didn’t win, but that didn’t put a damper on our Grammys after-party. On this episode of the Pickup, Matt and Joe toast the winners for Best Blues Album – Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – and all the nominees. You didn’t see them on the Grammys telecast, but you’ll hear them all on the Pickup!

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