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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

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 Responses

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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