B.B. King

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

B.B. King’s guitar skills alone would be enough to make him a legend. But the key to King’s longevity is his acumen as an entertainer, honed during his tenure as a DJ on Memphis’ first all-black radio station, WDIA, and polished over years on the road. King works a crowd and a mic with just as much finesse as he works his beloved Lucille, marrying sophisticated jazz inflections to gritty, gut-wrenching blues in a combination that’s allowed him to be a chart presence and the quintessential public face of the blues since the 1950s. King’s most recent studio offering, the T Bone Burnett-produced One Kind Favor from 2008, found the octogenarian in as strong a form as ever, rendering music that was first popular in his youth as freshly as if it were written on the spot. On the heels of a live album recorded at The Royal Albert Hall and a substantial retrospective box set, King shows no signs of slowing down, playing to a sold-out crowd at the Schermerhorn in the middle of a lengthy national tour.

—Stephen Trageser

Thu, Apr 25 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
$49 - $119
All ages
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B.B. King

Mississippi  |  Blues

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