Tag: Billy Gibbons

Thursday 9/15/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: B.B. King – B.B. King & Friends: 80 (2005)

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending, shimmering vibrato and staccato picking that influenced many later blues electric guitar players. AllMusic recognized King as “the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century”.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”, and is considered one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King, none of whom are related). King performed tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 shows.

King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church, and he began his career in juke joints and local radio. He later lived in Memphis and Chicago; then, as his fame grew, toured the world extensively. King died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas on May 14, 2015.


B.B. King & Friends: 80 is the forty-first album by B.B. King released September 13, 2005. Recorded in several studios, it celebrates King’s 80th birthday and features duets with a variety of musicians. 80 reached No. 45 in the Billboard 200 top albums chart as well as No. 1 in the blues albums chart.

  1. “Early in the Morning” Van Morrison 4:50
  2. “Tired of Your Jive” Billy Gibbons 3:53
  3. “The Thrill is Gone” Eric Clapton 5:03
  4. “Need Your Love So Bad” Sheryl Crow 3:58
  5. “Ain’t Nobody Home” Daryl Hall 3:52
  6. “Hummingbird” John Mayer 4:42
  7. “All Over Again” Mark Knopfler 4:54
  8. “Drivin’ Wheel” Glenn Frey 4:20
  9. “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” Gloria Estefan 6:50
  10. “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” Roger Daltrey 4:59
  11. “Funny How Time Slips Away” Bobby Bland 4:09
  12. Rock This House” Elton John 3:07

B.B. King – vocals, guitar
Van Morrison – vocals, harmonica (tr. 1)
Billy F Gibbons – guitar, vocal (tr. 2)
Eric Clapton – guitar (tr. 3)
Billy Ward – drums (tr. 9
Ian Thomas – drums ((1, 3, 7, 10)
Clem Clempson – guitar (tr. 10,
John Mahon – percussion (tr. 12)
Leland Sklar – bass guitar (tr. 2, 4, 8, 11)
Robbie Buchanan – keyboards, Hammond organ (tr.2, 4, 8, 11)
Mark Knopfler – guitar
Bob Birch – bass guitar (tr. 12
Jerry Hey – trumpet
Nathaniel Kunkel – shaker
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trumpet
Brian Mitchell – keyboards (tr. 9
John Mayer – vocals, guitar
Nigel Olsson – drums (tr. 12
Brandon Fields – saxophone
Gary Grant – trumpet
Glenn Frey – vocals, guitar (tr.8
T-Bone Wolk – bass guitar (tr. 9,
Guy Babylon – keyboards
Davey Johnstone – guitar (tr. 12)
Russ Kunkel – drums (2, 4, 8, 11)
Luke Smith – Hammond organ (tr. 3)
Yolanda Charles – bass guitar (1, 3, 7, 10)
Dean Parks – rhythm guitar (tr. 8,
Elton John – vocals, piano (tr. 12)
Larry Campbell – (bass?) guitar (tr. 5, 6, 9)
Chris Stainton – keyboards (tr. 10)

Tuesday 9:30pm: Feature LP: Billy F. Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues (2018)

The Big Bad Blues is the second studio album by American rock musician Billy Gibbons. The album was released on September 21, 2018, by Concord Records.

1. “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin'” 3:19
2. “My Baby She Rocks” 3:49
3. “Second Line” 3:40
4. “Standing Around Crying” 4:24
5. “Let the Left Hand Know” 3:53
6. “Bring It to Jerome” 4:34
7. “That’s What She Said” 3:13
8. “Mo’ Slower Blues” 3:57
9. “Hollywood 151” 3:21
10. “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” 2:56
11. “Crackin’ Up” 2:42