This week on The Blues, at 11pm on Saturday, May 23, a tribute in honor of the great iconic blues man BB King, who passed away last week, May 14, at the age of 89. This broadcast, hosted by Keb' Mo', is a PRI re-broadcast of their 2005 special, “Riding with the King: A Birthday Tribute to B.B. King."
At that time, B.B. was excited to be celebrating his 80th birthday. He'd just released a new record and completed his first vacation after fifty-seven years on the road. Along with music featured throughout the program, this offering includes insights from Carlos Santana, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, and John Mayall as well as jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Keb' Mo' is a three-time Grammy winning blues musician. Over the past two decades Keb has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, and his playing inspired leading instrument maker Gibson Brands to issue the Keb' Mo' Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar.
He's collaborated with a host of other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, jazz diva Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke and Little Milton. Keb also performs the theme song for the smash sit-com Mike & Molly and was music director for TV's Memphis Beat.