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'Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live' to premiere on AETN June 5

Posted 01 Jun 2018

"Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live" will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Tuesday, June 5, at 8:30 p.m.

Joe Bonamassa's love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration. For the first time, he'll pay special homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

"If it wasn't for certain British musicians of the early 1960s, the Blues may well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history," Bonamassa said.

Clapton, Beck and Page are some of the greatest guitarists of their time who influenced Bonamassa's career. All three are Yardbirds alumni, and actually all played together at one time in the same band. Page went on to form Led Zeppelin, which became the ultimate electric blues band, and both Clapton and Beck became international superstars in their own right.

Now Joe Bonamassa will pay tribute to these legends of the British Blues, in a stunning live concert,which was recorded at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, in July 2016.

During the 90-minute broadcast, the Arkansas PBS Foundaion will be accepting bids on an Epiphone Les Paul Special II electric guitar autographed by Bonamassa.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).