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The thrill is still there with B.B. King

Nick Brown

B.B. King, one of the biggest living legends of blues, continues to astound fans on tour and with his most recent DVD, “B.B. King Live.”

With an all-star guest lineup consisting of Terrence Howard, Solange and Richie Sambora, the night is filled with blues magic. There is no wonder why Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him No. 3 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Recently turning 86 years young, B.B. King is as sharp as the highest note on his iconic Gibson, “Lucille.” Seated in his chair he serenades the crowd with classics such as “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Nobody Loves Me But My Mother” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

This past week I had the opportunity to see B.B. King at the Russian River Blues and Jazz Festival in Guerneville. Having recently watched Mr. King’s DVD prior to the show, my anticipation was as great as B.B.’s age. The King did not disappoint, making witty comments to the crowd, facial expressions deep from within the whaling blues notes and guitar riffs to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. B.B. King’s performance proved that age is only a number, and B.B is, without a doubt, a true performer.

If you have not had the opportunity to see the blues legend live, he is still touring with no signs of slowing down. In the meantime to settle your blues appetite, pick up a copy of “B.B. King Live.”

To win a free copy of “B.B. King Live,” answer this question: What do B.B., Freddie and Albert King have in common, other than their last names? Tiebreaker: Who is Rick King and why is he in Tahoe this week? The first three to correctly answer will receive the DVD, which can be picked up at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, 3079 Harrison Ave., South Lake Tahoe. Email answers to pcocores@tahoedailytribune.com. Please include your telephone number.