I love sharing music that turns me on. Today’s topic is blues guitar and today’s master is Albert King (April 25, 1923 to December 21, 1992). King was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer” and in this clip its easy to see why. King was left handed but played right handed guitars with the strings reversed with the low E string on the bottom (low E is usually on the top).

written by William BellBooker T. Jones

Albert King’s roughneck blues weren’t “delicate” he was a master string-bender who said more with a five-note fill than most players did with a five-minute solo. Here, the Stax band gave him a Memphis context for his biggest hit, which has been covered by players from Clapton to Dimebag Darrell.   Source: Rolling Stone Top Guitar Songs #67

This is some great blues. I love guitar work and I really love the lyric

If it wasn’t for bad luck,
I wouldn’t have no luck at all

This song has been covered by a lot of different people.

Booker T. and the M.G.s (Booker T wrote the music)
B.B. King & John Lee Hooker
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson

Jimi Hendrix version of Born Under a Bad Sign