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Saturday, January 14, 2012

From The Foot Of Mount Belzoni


The most influential guitar player I know of, and a very nice fellow. Albert King, the "Velvet Bulldozer."

8 comments:

Rob De Witt said...

Wow.

But man, A flat?

Sixty Grit said...

What a guy - and thank you Mr. Cottage, for continuing my music education. I had no idea that Albert King was that large, nor that he played left handed, nor that he used a Flying V to produce that great music, and he was playing it upside down!

Dang, if you keep this up I will be completely up to speed on music by the time I die. Thank you again.

When I was young I used to travel through Indianola, Itta Bena, Clarksdale and other places in the cradle of the blues. My family's roots go deep in that Delta soil. What a fertile place...

Anonymous said...

Respect the seven second delay

gwestendor said...

Of the three Kings I place Albert first, not that it's a race or competition but... A.K. didn't use a pick either.

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South of 5 and 20 said...

Plenty of java and Chesterfield Kings.

Gagdad Bob said...

Have you ever noticed that when these blues immortals even just speak, there's a musicality that comes through them?

T.K. Tortch said...

Man he's having such a good time playing in that clip!!

It's totally crazy how the "three Kings" are standing pretty much exactly right behind every famous blues-based rock guitarist, especially the English Blues-bores of the 1960's. Even Hendrix pretty much mainlined Albert / B.B. / Freddie when he stretched out on a slow blues. Though to be sure he was somewhat more Kosmic about it.

Looks like Albert's using his thumb, mostly. Wonder if he grew his thumbnail out long to use as a natural pick.

I think Freddie used finger picks, don't know how many.