December 21, 1995 |
Blues man Smokey Wilson doesn't just talk over the telephone, he testifies. "When people talk about the real deal, I AM the 'Real Deal,' " Wilson reveals. "Oh yes, Lord, I've been there." Wilson, who appears tonight at the B.B. King Blues Club, learned to play the blues by watching legends such as Elmore James, Little Milton and Howlin' Wolf play tiny roadhouses and juke joints in his native Mississippi. One club, Ruby's, was owned by B.B.
January 23, 1997 |
I think it was Mae West who once said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." For those people who can't get enough of good blues harp playing, B. B. King's has a show for you this weekend. Two of Southern California's premiere blues harmonica players--Rod Piazza and John "Juke" Logan--will be featured Friday and Saturday at the Universal City blues joint. Riverside-based Piazza and his Mighty Flyers have garnered many accolades and a handful of awards over the last few years.
August 31, 1995 |
To hear Arthur Adams now is to hear a man dedicated to the eternal messages of the blues. He's 54 now, and the singer-guitarist has enjoyed a long and successful career as a performer, session player and songwriter since arriving in Los Angeles in 1964. But this blues commitment has only emerged in the last few years, at local clubs like the Mint and, most recently, at B.B. King's Blues Club at Universal CityWalk.
September 16, 1994 |
Veteran bluesman Rufus Thomas stood on a terrace over the starkly modern courtyard at Universal CityWalk, a world away from his Memphis roots. "Blues and barbecue," he mused on a recent summer afternoon. "You like that?" Nothing about his surroundings suggested such fare. But one of Thomas' best friends, the legendary B. B. King, has opened a nightclub amid the tourist trappings at CityWalk. To step through the club's wood-and-glass doors is to step into another world. B. B.
September 22, 1994 |
B.B. King raised a glass Tuesday at the new Universal City nightclub and restaurant bearing has name and toasted the invited audience. "I hope this can be the beginning of a very, very long friendship," he said. The beginning ? For blues fans, the love affair with King has been going on ever since he started making records nearly 45 years ago. He's perhaps the most influential electric guitarist in blues history and certainly one of the most revered blues figures, period.