Last night, I watched bits and pieces of Joe Bonamassa's "British Blues Explosion" special on PBS. While watching, a light bulb went off and I finally figured out why I don't him or his playing... Ostensibly, Joe B. plays the blues. Yet, his blues are so perfect and antiseptic that they have no soul. That, combined with his reeking of pretension, sucks any joy out of the music. Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King -- None of these guys played so technically. They played what they felt and rocked the house. Joe B. - to quote an old guitar teacher of mine, who didn't like the soullessness but technical precision of Japanese shredders - is all technique and technical prowess. That's it -- To me, Joe B. is akin to a blues shredder. This is not a slag on Joe B. It's just my opinion and me trying to figure out why I don't enjoy his music, considering how good he really is. Obviously, YMMV!