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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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The Blues Soul Of Paul Rodgers

One of Joe Bonamassa’s favorite musicians isn’t a guitarist at all, but a singer: Paul Rodgers. Paul Rodgers is most famous for the classic-rock radio staple ‘All Right Now’ with Free and a slew of major hits with Bad Company. Joe first got truly acquainted with his music when he auditioned for UFO and was asked to learn some old Free tunes off a cassette. Since then, he’s been a huge fan of Rodgers as a singer, a songwriter and even tambourine player. Today on the Pickup, Joe talks about Paul Rodgers’s blues soul and what he’s learned from watching him in action.

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My Life As An Opening Act (II)

Life isn’t always easy when you’re the opening act – or ‘support’ in music biz jargon. You have to have an appetite for adventure, a dose of humility and an exceptional sense of humor. On this week’s episode, Joe Bonamassa recounts stories from his days on the road as an opening act. You’ll hear how the low-key Doobie Brothers helped Joe discover the benefits of acoustic baffles, how Styx used busted amps to great dramatic effect and the culinary joys of the House of Blues in Chicago.

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Danny Gatton

For many people, Danny Gatton is a guitar hero. He could play his Telecaster faster, cleaner and more creatively than just about anyone, seamlessly weaving together everything from country to jazz and more. But to Joe Bonamassa, Danny was more than an icon: he was a friend and teacher. On this episode of the Pickup, Joe talks about his relationship with Danny, their shared love for vintage Americana and what makes his guitar playing so influential even today.

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