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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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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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Five Guitarists, One Song

The blues can be a blank canvas. You have a rough frame – the three basic chords – but then you are free to do whatever your imagination (and chops!) allow. On this episode, Joe and Matt prove the point by exploring how five different guitarists have played the same song, “The Stumble.” You’ll start by listening to Freddie King’s original and then wind your way through the sounds that other guitarists, guitars and gear have given the tune over the years.

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The Forgotten King

When it comes to the blues, there are three Kings: B.B., Albert and Freddie. B. B. King is unrivaled, Albert King had more hit singles and Freddie, well, he sometimes gets short shrift. A tireless road dog with an outsized stage presence to match his huge voice and guitar tone, Freddie King was a huge influence of generations of artists, including Joe. On this week’s episode of the Pickup, Joe talks about his favorite Freddie King tracks and why Freddie should no longer be the forgotten King.

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