Guitar And The E.R.

Guitar players have to worry about their hands. Whether it’s in the kitchen or on the basketball court, there are lots of ways to get hurt in a way that could stop your career, or slow you down at the very least. But there are few legendary guitarists who have bounced back from serious injuries – even losing fingers! – and had amazingly successful careers. Today on the Pickup, Joe and Matt reflect on these triumphs over adversity and the miraculous hands of Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, Hound Dog Taylor, Jerry Garcia and Tony Iommi.

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Six Decades Alive In Europe

Just outside of Rotterdam, in a club called “The Borderline,” Joe Bonamassa played his first gig in Europe and found hundreds of fans there. That concert ten years ago gave Joe a small taste of the warm reception that the blues can get in Europe. European music fans have been more welcoming than their American counterparts and the live albums recorded there represent some of the most exciting records ever made. On this week’s edition of the Pickup, Joe and Matt survey six decades of live albums made in Europe that capture the energy and excitement that only live blues can deliver.

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Five Steps To Being A Guitar God

Today on the Pickup, Joe and Matt offer five easy steps to being a guitar god. And by steps, they mean things you literally would need to step on: five critical effects pedals that every budding guitar god should own….

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Boston Strong

There are certain regions we naturally associate with the blues – the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Memphis. But the blues have traveled the world and now you can find talented players with local traditions in just about every city in America. Today on the Pickup, Joe and Matt take a musical trip to New England to celebrate the artists who have come up in the Boston area. You’ll hear five guitarists who capture the Boston sound: clean, with a touch of jazz and firmly rooted in the blues.

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Blues In Unusual Places

The blues have traveled just about everywhere in the world – something that Joe
Bonamassa and his carry-on bag know first hand. On today’s episode of the Pickup, Joe and Matt consider some of the more unusual and far-flung places the blues have gone. You’ll hear music from halls built for operas and orchestras, tracks recorded in clubs that only exist in the imagination, concerts performed in prisons and even a blues-rooted track that made its way into outer space!

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Five Unsung Heroes Of The Guitar

Some of the best guitar players working today are hidden in plain view: you might not know their names, but you do know their work. They are the session guys, the sidemen, the jacks-of-all-trades who can take a decent song and …

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The Best Of British Blues Rock

Almost fifty years ago, British music fans started hearing authentic American blues and the sound took hold there across the pond. Within a few years, the Brits had taken the blues and made it their own: turning up the volume, speeding up the tempos and creating the perfect synthesis with rock ‘n’ roll. If you’re a fan of Joe Bonamassa, you know this sound – British blues-rock is still one of Joe’s greatest inspirations. Today on the Pickup, Joe lays down five British blues-rock tracks that you must hear!

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