Joe Bonamassa: “Songwriting is the last frontier. You can recreate your favorite sounds, but far more important is pushing yourself to write better songs”

Joe Bonamassa
(Image credit: Future / Jeff Fasano)

“Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned guitar battle?” Joe Bonamassa, calling in from “Nerdville,” his home in Nashville, is referring to the guitar duel that took place between Eric Gales and himself in 2019 during his annual Keeping the Blues Alive cruise in the Mediterranean. 

This epic throwdown between two of today’s primary blues/rock virtuosos has garnered well over three million views on YouTube; if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s a miracle their guitars didn’t spontaneously combust into flames. 

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.