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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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Trippiest Psychedelic Blues

Inspired by a trip to San Francisco, Joe and Matt sit down to talk about the best psychedelic blues from the 60s and beyond. The music got trippy in those days – adding new sounds, new lyrics and new forms to stretch the meaning of the blues.

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Other Guitars of Note

Before heading back into the studio this week, Joe and Matt asked their Facebook fans whether they had any questions or topics for the Pickup podcast.

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The Roots Of Blues Deluxe

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.

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New Release Round Up

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 Blue

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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 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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