The world has lost a true legend… B.B. King has passed away at the age of 89. Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King- passed away late Thursday night in Las Vegas according to his daughter, Patty King.
Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
When I started playing guitar 29 years ago, I was into hard rock and heavy metal. I didn’t care anything about listening to blues or jazz or any of that stuff. People would tell me, “…the stuff you’re listening to- is based in the blues.” I thought they were nuts! Then as I started getting more into technique, I started to really appreciate players with great vibrato. I’d read interviews with some of my favorite guitarists and when the subject of vibrato would come up, without fail- the first name they would mention would be B.B. King. So, I gave in and asked a friend of mine which B.B. King album should I check out. He suggested, Live At The Regal.
It was like a light switch had been flipped on! I had been chasing after the “play as many notes as you possibly can” dream… and it was then that I realized that you don’t have to play 1,000 notes if you can say it all with one or just a few. Some people can make a guitar talk, but B.B. could carry on a conversation with his. Listen to “Sweet Little Angel” from Live At The Regal:
You probably know Greg Martin as the lead guitarist for the Grammy Award winning Kentucky HeadHunters, but he’s a lot more than that! Possessing what I believe to be the absolute best Les Paul tone I’ve ever heard, he’s also involved in some killer side projects and even hosts his own radio show. I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk with Greg recently, and we talked about these things and so much more. He is one interesting cat!
(Photo by Rick Rhipps)
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Who is Phil Brown? Phil Brown is a phenomenal talent- singer, songwriter, guitarist- MUSICIAN. He’s had his songs recorded by Cher, Pat Benatar, Kim Carnes, Ace Frehley from Kiss, Tower of Power, Kix, Steve Perry (Journey), Lou Graham (Foreigner), Lisa Hartman, Doro Pesch, Bonnie Tyler and many more. J. Rockett Audio Designs recently released the Phil Brown Led Boots Overdrive pedal. He is one of the most interesting guys I’ve run across and I think you’ll feel the same after you read this interview.
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