B.B. King video lesson 2 - soloing

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B.B. King video lesson - playing scales

How about a video lesson from B.B. King? With the terrible news this week that the King is in home hospice care, I want to celebrate his legacy as much as possible. That's my friend Askold Buk interviewing B.B. King in this great clip…
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Checking in with the North Mississippi All Stars

I'll be hanging out with the Dickinson brothers in a couple of weeks at Butch Trucks' Roots Rock Revival. Great guys, great band, great spirit. This story originally ran in Relix. It’s soundcheck at New Jersey’s South Orange Performing…
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Col. Bruce Hampton and the ARU: An Appreciation

This story originally ran in Relix' 40th Anniversary Issue. In February 1992, the reunited Dixie Dregs were coming to New York’s Ritz and I was excited to check them out. Though I had always considered their music sterile if brilliantly…
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An Interview With Albert King

Let's take another look at this old story, one of the highlights of my years at Guitar World. I wrote the intro a few years ago when the piece ran in Hittin' the Note. See many more great rock, blues and country photographs at www.kirkwestphotography.com. * Just…
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Albert Collins with the Allman Brothers

The great bluesman Albert "Iceman" Collins' final US tour was opening for the Allman Brothers on a Midwestern swing. Every night he would come out and play with the Brothers. On 7/1/93 at Deer Creek in Indiana, he joined them for their…
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Larry McCray takes "Soulshine" to church

Bluesman Larry McCray was the first to record Warren Haynes' anthem "Soulshine." Larry is an old, dear friend of Warren's and I have had the pleasure of hanging out with the two of them together. That was backstage at Pine Knob outside Detroit.…
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Albert Collins!

Please check out my Amazon Ebook One Way Out: An Oral History of the Allman Brothers Band (Kindle Single). My good friend Kirk West has been going through his negatives and digitizing decades of great photographs. He has wonderful images…
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Jimmie Vaughan on the blues greats he loves, and the brother he lost 20 years ago

Jimmie Vaughan: Powerful Stuff Originally published in Guitar World, July 2010 As he releases his first new album in nine years, Jimmie Vaughan celebrates the music he loves and remembers the brother he lost 20 years ago. It's…
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Best blues albums ever: Joe Bonamassa and the Black Crowes pick their 30 Vital Titles

Originally published in Guitar World, February 2010 As Guitar World’s 30th anniversary celebration continues, Joe Bonamassa and Black Crowes guitarists Rich Robinson and Luther Dickinson pick their 10 essential blues rock albums. Joe…