|Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):|
RIP one of the last great bluesmen. Edit: Come to think of it... who's left?
Just shooting from the hip here, but Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Keb Mo, Lonnie Mack, Drink Small, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Chris Thomas King, Malford Milligan, Joe Bonamassa, Tab Benoit, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd all come to mind. Of course that's a list of blues artists young and old, but there's still some great bluesmen out there - and a generation waiting in the wings for their time to come on stage.
I got to see B.B. twice - once at an outdoor festival and once when he opened the Durham Performing Arts Center. In both cases he was starting to show his age a bit - hls "rhythm" guitarist was playing more of what would have been B.B.'s lead parts and B.B. was mostly laying down the solos, but even still, at the pinnacle of his career, he was a showman like none other. He'll be sorely missed. I just consider myself lucky I got to see him live - one of my greatest regrets is never being able to see Stevie Ray Vaughan or Albert King live.
[Edited 2015-05-15 04:52:19]