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As Joe Bonamassa approaches his 25th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers at around 200 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. There’s a case to be made that Joe Bonamassa, like another star who shared the same initials, is the hardest working man in show business.
Matt Abramovitz made his guitar-playing debut at his fifth-grade talent show, covering “Wild Thing” in the style of Jimi Hendrix at Monterey. Based on the reaction of his teachers and fellow students that day, it was clear that he should not pursue music as a career. He found his calling, instead, in radio. Over the course of his career, Matt has worked at many radio stations and in many formats. While programming the blues channel at Sirius Satellite Radio in the early 2000s, he crossed paths with Joe and the two launched a weekday feature called “Daily Cup of Joe.” Matt eventually ended up at the New York classical station WQXR but never lost his love of the blues and the guitar. So he and Joe decided to put the band back together and start “The Pickup.”