Just Wondering-- Who is your Favorite King , Albert, Freddie, Or B.B. ?
I'm an Albert guy!
Hi guys (and ladies!), newbie myself although I'm actually no spring chicken!
Freddie King is one of my all time guitar heroes! I learned a ton of dangerously COOL licks from his early stuff. Listen to Clapton on the Beano album and for MUCH of that album he's quoting (in blues-speak that's paying tribute to...;-) Freddie king!
Back in the old days B and Albert shared a show at the one of the Fillmores. Wasn't there myself but I've heard this story from several who were. After B's set Albert came back out and they jammed a bit. As was usually the case things came to a bit of a showdown. They used to call it "cuttin' heads". After a particularly spectacular "run" of notes all bent from the same fret B actually dropped to his knees and bowed (the "I'm not worthy" move) to Albert. Albert was one of the most amazing and original stylists to ever bend a string.
B B King is NOTHING short of an icon and deservedly so. He took his influnces and blazed a trail for ALL of us to have to follow and he's STILL GOING!!! And B was the MAN who brought blues form the world that was a huge black audience with some eclectic white fans into the MAINSTREAM of music and to the much larger white audience. THANK YOU MR. RILEY B KING! Nothing short of amazing.
Who's the best? Impossible for me to pick! I really like Joseph's weekly breakdown though!