Joe Bonamassa shares the string bending lessons he learned from blues great Larry McCray

Joe Bonamassa and Larry McCray
(Image credit: C Brandon/Redferns; Steve Thorne/Redferns via Getty Images)

I recently had the honor of producing a record with my friend Josh Smith for a great blues guitarist from Michigan named Larry McCray. Over the last 35 years, Larry has always been one of my favorite blues players out there. 

Getting to work with him not only as a singer and a songwriter but as a guitar player, I was able to pick up a few pointers from him, as he would show us some cool stuff when we weren’t recording. 

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Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa is one of the world’s most popular and successful blues-rock guitarists – not to mention a top producer and de facto ambassador of the blues (and of the guitar in general).