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BB King’s 50-Year Reign

Everyone involved with The Pickup Radio was saddened to learn that B.B. King, one of the greatest bluesman of all time and a friend to Joe Bonamassa, passed away on May 14, 2015.

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Guitar Safaris

There’s lots of down time for a touring musician, but for Joe Bonamassa that’s when the adventures begin! On days off between gigs, Joe goes on “guitar safari” searching vintage stores, pawn shops and even going into private homes.

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Joe on the Side

You probably know Joe Bonamassa as a solo act, but he has done enough guest appearances to stuff a 2-CD set. Today Matt and Joe talk about his life as a sideman making cameos on other artists’ albums. You’ll hear

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Pickup Profile: Duane Allman

Duane Allman was a shooting star. His recording career lasted only seven years, but that short burst of energy illuminated a whole new world. The raw energy, improvisatory derring-do and melodic brilliance have made Duane Allman’s sound a favorite among

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Five Iconic American Guitars And The Men Who Helped Make Them Famous

For this independence day weekend, we’re talking about iconic American guitars and the people who helped make them famous. We can’t get to all the great guitars made here in the states, so we picked five instruments that you’ll recognize by their look and their sound: the Gibson Les Paul, 355 and Flying V and the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster. We’ll listen to five American musicians who have made their name on these instruments and marvel at how they took an inanimate object of wood and metal and gave it life.

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Make It Funky!

Usually on the Pickup, Joe and Matt focus on the links between the blues and rock as mapped out by the giants of the guitar. But seeing as Joe was just in the studio with a funk band called Rock Candy Funk Party

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Blues On The Silver Screen

There are lots of concert videos out there, but not as many films where blues takes a leading role. For this week’s edition of the Pickup, Joe and Matt put their heads together to come up with their top five blues films – where the music is a major part of the plot.

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