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Joe on the Side

You probably know Joe Bonamassa as a solo act, but he has done enough guest appearances to stuff a 2-CD set. Today Matt and Joe talk about his life as a sideman making cameos on other artists’ albums. You’ll hear

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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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You could play slide guitar just by putting an empty glass bottle or copper pipe up against your strings. Looks easy, right? But the paradox of the slide is that it’s both the simplest thing to use and one of the hardest to get right. On today’s episode, Joe and Matt talk about some of the best slide players and what makes them great: from Elmore James and his cranked up reverb to Sonny Landreth who is just, in Joe’s words, “a freak of nature.”

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