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Joe Bonamassa’s third studio album Blues Deluxe has been a longtime fan favorite. Packed with covers of blues standards and a few choice originals, it’s a record that marks Joe’s beginnings as an independent artist. Today on the Pickup, Joe and Matt look back on the album’s musical inspirations and the peculiar conditions of its creation: Joe and his manager scraping together enough money to rent studio time above a Sbarro’s, using borrowed gear and recycling a retouched photo from a previous album shoot.Listen Now
The new season is here and, with it, a fresh crop of new blues and guitar CDs. Joe and Matt may be curmudgeons, but they do appreciate new music and have picked out five recent albums to call to your attention. You’ll hear recordings from a recovering Walter Trout, Muddy Waters’s eldest son and a full track from Joe’s new album, Different Shades of BlueListen Now
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!
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.Listen Now