Joe Bonamassa said he believes guitar has become an "endangered species," explaining how technology is causing kids to be less patient with honing their craft and therefore not pursuing guitar.
Joe told Montgomery Adviser:
"I tend to agree [that the guitar has become an endangered species].
"I've been playing guitar professionally, I've been playing 29 years. As a musician, I've been playing since I was four - 36 years. It took me seven, eight years to get good enough to play on stage.
"Kids today can get an iPad and a pair of headphones and be DJing in two weeks."
During the rest of the chat, Bonamassa acknowledged BB King as his ultimate guitar mentor, saying:
"He gave me a stage. He gave me an album. He gave me his friendship. He gave me a guitar. I knew him for 23 years. My desert island record was and still is 'Live at the Regal.' To me, it's the epitome of a blues album.
"You're not going to sound like BB. You're not going to top 'Live at the Regal.' You're going for the spirit of it. I can cover BB King, 'Live at the Regal' in its entirety, but I can't sound like B.B. But I can catch the spirit of it."