In this video, courtesy of PremierGuitar, Joe Bonamassa talks about his new album Dust Bowl, and the ’59 Les Paul he’s been grabbing for a few songs a night. He also briefly describes the amps and pedalboards he is using for his own tour, and with Black Country Communion.

If you haven’t heard of Joe Bonamassa, he has managed to position himself atop a pretty substantial crop of Blues/Rock guitar players. Having #1 albums on itunes, and sharing the Royal Albert Hall stage with Eric Clapton has done a lot to solidify that standing. But of course, none of it would happen with some killer blues chops which Joe has in spades.

Check out the video, and notice about 15 seconds in when Joe plays a pretty standard blues lick. Just for fun I wrote it out and put it below the video.

Now here’s the lick I referred to:

Pay careful attention to the grace note (2nd fret, 3rd string, the little number in the TAB) and how it slides without picking up to the 4th fret and then slides back down to the 2. Also make sure to play this in a swing feel. It’s in the key of E and comes right out of the E minor pentatonic/blues scale.

And just for fun, if you haven’t seen Joe play much, here’s a great video of him playing “Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home” with Gov’t Mule led by another great guitar player, Warren Haynes.

There’s also a free download available (with an email address) from

    21 replies to "Joe Bonamassa On His ’59 Les Paul And More"

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    • JD

      I continue to be impressed with Joe. Not only is he a stellar player (mentored by the late Danny Gatton) but he seems like a very down to earth guy.

    • Gabby

      Fantastic! Im not very experienced and watching this has given me even more drive to get better. Thanks Guys

    • Temple Weste

      hey Griff,
      Thanks for turning us on to Joe. The Les Paul is awesome. He’s been playing for a very long time already unbeknownst to me here in Hawaii. Found this–

    • BluesRider

      Awesome to hear two great guitarists trade licks like that.Keep that stuff coming!

    • Dave AKA Bluewater

      Cool I saw Joe with Black Country Communion last week and I was admiring the same ’59 Les Paul and saying to myself wow Joe plays one of those ’59 reissues. Oops it evidently was “Real Deal”, a ’59. Nice Guitar!!!

    • Rich

      Its great to see there is a new generation of young players to carry on the tradition of great blues playing and soloing. They carry on for SRV, Albert King and others will fill the shoes of current legendary players when they are gone.

    • joe sweeney

      great stuff

    • cowboy

      I’ve got tickets to see BCC in June….can’t wait…later.


    • Tracy McBroom

      Really appreciate this post. It’s good to hear the blues on a Les Paul, and learn about Joe. Thanks also for writing out the lick.

    • TheisZone

      Thank’s it ‘s all good

    • Martin Ridley

      Always great to hear, & see great guitarists, Joe is one of those. Bought Dust Bowl the day it was released. That lick looks so easy, as if! Keep up the good work Griff

    • dai james

      64 yrs young you excite me and make me cry all the same time what am i going to do..hell im outer 95 les paul..many thanks

    • Chuck

      Thanks for putting that lick in TAB Griff! I wish I could come up with that Les Paul. There is a reason why it’s called the Holy Grail!

      I am a huge Joe fan and appreciate your link! Thanks Griff!

    • Richard Mayer

      Mercy,….touchin’ 70yrs. old, and didn’t do my homework. If only,……………..

    • Dave Shephard

      Neat interview and sweet little lick. Thanks Griff.

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