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Road Guests

When you see an extra amp onstage at a Joe Bonamassa show it means one thing: there will be a special guest. On this week’s Pickup, Joe looks back on five friends who’ve joined him in concert and what it was like to jam with the likes of Eric Clapton, Warren Haynes and more.

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Clapton Through the Decades

It’s hard to believe but Eric Clapton just turned 70! To celebrate this milestone birthday, Joe and Matt look back on Clapton’s guitar milestones.

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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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Best Blues Of The 80s!

Nostalgia for the 1980s is everywhere these days, especially in music. What’s easy to forget when looking back on those years is that blues artists had some bona fide hits. Nestled in between the Michael Jackson, Madonna and Human League music videos on MTV, were a handful of songs with direct roots in the blues and tremendous guitar playing. Joe and Matt are both old enough to remember those days first hand and indulge in a bit of their own 80s nostalgia with five of their favorite blues-infused tracks.

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Buddy Holly trying in vain to turn it up on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jimi Hendrix burning it at Monterey. Hank Marvin getting the first one ever in the United Kingdom. Fender’s Stratocaster was the guitar that helped start the rock ‘n’ roll revolution around the world. On this episode of the Pickup, Joe counts down his favorite Strat players and explains why you never go up against a Russian oil oligarch at a guitar auction!

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Clapton On Gibson

You almost have to feel bad for Eric Clapton. He’s had a 50-year career as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, but many of his biggest fans think that it was all downhill since 1970. Why did that year mark the beginning of a four-decade “drought”? Well, around that time Eric Clapton stopped playing Gibson guitars and began playing the Fender Stratocaster. In this the episode, Joe explains why the Gibson years were so momentous and picks three tracks that exemplify why so many Clapton fans pine for the pre-Strat era.

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