Five Reasons I Admire Robben Ford

Robben Ford is one of Joe Bonamassa’s guitar heroes and on this episode Joe explains why. Like a lot of people, he first got to know Robben’s music when the album Talk to Your Daughter came out. But unlike a lot of people, the teenage Joe got to play a gig with Robben – and was appropriately schooled. That experience made Joe a life-long fan and he’s followed Robben’s music ever since: admiring his solos, sharing a love for Dumble amplifiers and respecting a man who also manages to create a unique and identifiable sound.

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Five Things We Love About Tom Waits

The music of Tom Waits is irresistible to artists of all stripes, from the blues and beyond. It seems like every year there is somebody covering a Tom Waits tune; Joe Bonamassa has recorded two himself. On this week’s episode, Joe and Matt try to explain why.

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The Five Craziest Clapton Collaborations

Eric Clapton has been a guest artist with just about everyone in the music business. Some of the collaborations make perfect sense – who can forget the solo on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps?” – but others, well, can leave you scratching your head. On this edition of the Pickup, Joe and Matt count down the five craziest collaborations Clapton ever did and show why E.C. is like bacon: a little bit makes everything better!

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Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan With Reese Wynans

Reese Wynans was ready to take a break. After five years on the road playing keyboards with Delbert McClinton, he wanted to spend some time at home in Texas with his family. But one night he got a call to play on a session at the Dallas Sound Lab with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Within 48 hours, he was a member of the band.

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