Joe Bonamassa

November 14, 2006

These players have poor technique because a band that was popular three years ago influenced them, and they don’t go back and learn about Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, or Django Reinhardt. You don’t have to be great to play professionally—and I don’t fault any one player for not being as good as whomever—but the general disinterest in learning bugs me. When I started playing professionally, Danny Gatton took me aside and said, ‘You know something about blues, but you need to learn about jazz, country, and early rock and roll.’ My mission is to spread that message, and that’s why I do ‘Blues in Schools’ clinics. I want to help younger musicians understand how today’s music is related to stuff that was popular a long time ago.”

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