B.B. King

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2008-11-19

Blues guitarist B.B. King hasn’t changed his act much over the years, but there’s a reason why fans keep flocking to see him. King’s seminal role in the Mississipi Delta and Memphis music scenes helped bring blues from the margins to the mainstream. Late great slide-guitar maestro Duane Allman may have summed it up best when he said of King, “He could sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and bring tears to your eyes, man.” Best known for his smooth velvety tone on crying, single-note solos, King brings an indefinable yet tangible soulfulness to the stage.

That influential guitarists like Allman and Jimi Hendrix didn’t live to see 30 makes the continued Earthly presence of a master like King a blessing from the music gods. He’s also hip to passing the torch to “the young guns,” having collaborated with a variety of younger artists, from Stevie Ray Vaughan to U2 to Phish. He even played at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. The 83-year-old road warrior and his guitar “Lucille” are touring behind his latest album, One Kind Favor, released in August. $45-$75, 8pm Thurs, Nov 20, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston, majesticempire.com.

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