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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…
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B.B. and Buddy - my story in the New Yorker

In 1995, I had dinner with BB King and Buddy Guy in an Austin, Texas studio. It was after rehearsal and before recording the Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. As we ate, the two had the most incredible conversation, all captured on my tape recorder…

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…

Happy Birthday B.B. King: An appreciation and personal history

B.B. King turns 89 today. Happy birthday Mr. King. Three years ago, I took my son Jacob, then 13, to see B at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair. I wanted Jacob to see him, and he had a truly memorable experience. When Jacob went up front…

B.B., Buddy, the Allman Bros, Pres. Obama and me

I was enthralled watching the live stream of last night’s White House celebration of the blues, the music which has been so central to my career and my life’s soundtrack. Mick Jagger was a big draw, of course, but he doesn’t mean that…
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Inside B.B. King's breakthrough hit, "The Thrill Is Gone"

Years ago, Guitar World dedicated an entire issue to the 100 Greatest Solos Ever. As with all such lists, it was somewhat arbitrary but a lot of fun. I wrote a lot of the entries, and will be posting them here randomly, as I see fit,sometimes…

Long Live the King - paying tribute to B.B.

I took Jacob to see B.B. King at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair last night. BB is 86 and I wanted Jacob to see him, and sure enough he had a truly memorable experience. When Jacob went up front to take a picture, he was standing right in…