Through Youtube Bb King Lucille all, King has toured as prolifically as any performer in history. The road has been him home since the mid-Fifties. He reportedly performed 342 shows one year, and he’d average more than 200 shows annually even into his seventies. Each June he sets aside a few weeks for himself, going back to Indianola for what he calls “the Mississippi Homecoming.”
At the start of his Youtube Bb King Lucille career, King’s reach didn’t extend beyond the network of clubs and juke joints known as the chitlin’ circuit. Somewhat prophetically he noted, “We don’t play for white people…. I’m not saying we won’t play for whites, because I don’t know what the future holds. Records are funny. You aim them for the colored market, then suddenly the white folks like them, then wham, you’ve got whites at your dances.”
Sure enough, in the mid-Sixties, King’s hard work, musical genius, affable persona and revered stature among rock icons broadened his base of support to include a new audience of white listeners who tuned into the blues and stuck with King for the long haul. King came to the attention of yet another generation of younger listeners when he recorded “When Love Comes to Town” in 1988 with U2 for their Rattle and Hum album and movie.
“B.B. King’s achievement has been to take the primordial music he heard as a kid, mix and match it with a bewildering variety of other musics, and bring it all into the digital age,” Colin Escott wrote Youtube Bb King Lucille in his essay for the King of the Blues box set. “There will probably never be another musical journey comparable to [King’s].”
The final word belongs to Youtube Bb King Lucille himself, testifying on the healing quality of the genre he embodies. “I’m trying to get people to see that we are our brother’s keeper,” King has said. “Red, white, black, brown or yellow, rich or poor, we all have the blues.”
Body Binding of Youtube Bb King Lucille: Multi-ply binding on top and back
Neck Species: 3-piece Maple
Fingerboard Species: Ebony
Scale Length: 24-3/4 in.
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-11/16 in.
Inlays: Pearl block
Fingerboard and Headstock Binding: Single-ply
Hardware Plating Finish: Gold
Bridge: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
Tuners: Metal tulip
Pickups of Youtube Bb King Lucille: 490R and 490T humbuckers
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch, Vari-tone switch, stereo and mono jacks
Strings: B.B. King Signature
Case: Black levant