Who Gives A Flying V?

Way back when, the folks at Gibson were feeling the heat from the new, space-age Fender Stratocaster, so they dreamed up one of the most distinctive-looking guitars ever made. The Flying V’s modernistic shape and exotic Korina wood make it a collector’s favorite today, but it wasn’t a hit when it debuted. On today’s show, Matt and Joe talk about five artists who saw the guitar’s potential and helped make the Flying V an electric superstar.

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Billy’s Best

We love Billy Gibbons, and not just because he recently walked into a Pickup Radio recording session and wanted to write a song together! Billy has given us guitar freaks so much to aspire to: great tone, melodious solos and unbeatable feel. On this episode of the Pickup, Joe lays out his top 5 Billy Gibbons solos and why he’s been a life-long ZZ Top fan.

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Name That Fender

You might think of Joe Bonamassa as a guitar god, but today he reveals his true identity as a guitar geek. In a little game we call “Name That Guitar,” Joe shows an encyclopedic knowledge of the gear used on some of our favorite blues tunes. This week’s focus is on Fender guitars and you’ll find out why Joe almost hung up his Stratocaster forever – and it all happened one night at Sticky Fingerz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack.

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Blues Women!

In a world teeming with guitar gods, The Pickup salutes the guitar goddesses who have crushed the stereotype that only dudes can play the blues. But just like that saying about Ginger Rogers – that she had to do everything Fred Astaire did…

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Christmas Blues

The Christmas season is here and there’s nothing that lifts the spirit like the blues! Yes, the blues have a reputation for being a downer, but the holidays bring out the best in everyone. On this program, Matt and Joe pick out some of their favorite Christmas blues and you’ll hear a brand new holiday track from Joe called “Christmas Date Blues.”

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The Other Eric

If you know Joe Bonamassa’s music, then you know that Eric Clapton is one of his greatest inspirations. But there’s another Eric in the constellation of guitar stars: Eric Johnson. He may not be as well known as some of the other guitarists out there, but he is truly amazing. On today’s program, Joe picks three of Eric’s best solos, including what Joe says is the greatest live electric guitar solo ever recorded.

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Acoustic Apocalypse

Most of the time on the Pickup, we talk about electric guitars. Not this time. On this program we’re focusing on five artists who have made their names playing acoustic guitars. You’ll hear artists who can get on stage with nothing more than a guitar and a folding chair and own the whole room. It takes chops and cojones and you’ll hear musicians with both!

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