What if B.B. King and Buddy Guy played NYC and nobody came?

B.B. King, 84 yr old #1 living blues icon of the world, and Buddy Guy, 73 yr old 1st runner-up, concertized in New York City last weekend, but there's been a near-total news blackout. Here's a review from the Financial Times of London. Meanwhile, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, British blues pretenders (as in pretenders to the throne) rated a three-column photo and full front page New York Times arts section review, … [Read more...]

Good time blues

B.B. King played coy at the 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival last weekend. "I won't say what party I'm for," the great vocalist and guitarist began, in obvious reference to local resident Barack Obama's ascension to Democratic presidential nominee, "but everybody has something to be happy about now. Including the women -- who found out 'Yes, we can!'" Few other of the hundreds of performers were even that explicit onstage, but the fest reportedly drew 750,000 listeners over four days, and the music projected a general air of triumph against … [Read more...]