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Joe Bonamassa Blazes Through an Acoustic "Woke Up Dreaming"

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Sure, Joe Bonamassa is an ace electric blues player. Every little schoolboy knows that.

But sometimes it's important to be reminded of just how many styles Bonamassa—and a host of other top players, for that matter—have up their sleeves.

Case in point: Check out this impressive live performance of "Woke Up Dreaming" from Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House DVD from 2013.

It starts off with blinding Spanish-accented runs that show off Bonamassa's acoustic dexterity; soon, he works in a quick taste of Cream's version of Skip James' "I'm So Glad," which, at 4:04, suddenly morphs into a lengthy showcase for his blazing, Clarence White-style bluegrass picking. It's easy to see why this tune, which originally appeared on Bonamassa's 2003 Blues Deluxe album, has become a highlight of his live shows.

Remember to listen to and absorb a host of styles, folks; there is no limit to the heights a well-rounded player can reach.