Music Legend Moment: BB King And The Broken String

One of BB King’s signature tunes is How Blue Can You Get, a perfect showcase for his lyrical soloes on “Lucille”, the famous Gibson guitar.  In this 6-ish minute version from his appearance at Farm Aid 1985, the opening solo goes for over 3 minutes, and I have a sneaking suspicion he only stops to move on to the singing section because of Lucille’s broken string.  That he then sings while restringing Lucille without missing a beat is just ridiculously amazing. The rest of the band ain’t too shabby either.

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Because I’m rehearsing for an upcoming Blues show, I’m chasing up classic versions of various songs, and that’s how I found this. For anyone who has never yet played/sung the blues, I recommend it. The simple structures allow for a great deal of artistic freedom within those rules, and make for most enjoyable ensemble work because your bandmates are constantly bringing out little surprises.



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