Albert King: An Appreciation
They called him the big man.
Standing in front of the stage at the original Lone Star Cafe, which may have been all of three and a half feet off the barroom floor, he appeared a giant. From the balcony that wrapped around the front and right-hand side of Continue reading →
Just over two months ago J. (John Warren) Geils passed away at the age of 71. He was best known as the lead guitarist in the eponymous J. Geils Band, a group that had their heyday in the 1970s and were last heard from, in recorded form, in the 1980’s.
In recent years, Geils had reinvented himself in a way few aging members of Baby Continue reading →
Riley B. King (B.B.)
B.B. in 1980, the year I saw him play.
Last week, at the age of 89, B.B. King passed away. Despite a flurry of surprisingly good albums over the last 10 years or so, he’d not been on my must-listen list. If I’m honest, and I try to be, Albert was always my favorite King, and Freddie came next. I liked B.B. I just never loved him. (I have been known to remark Continue reading →