Blues guitarist and noted instructor Andy Aledort pays tribute to the late, great B.B. King in the all-new August 2015 issue of Guitar World. Below, he breaks down the legendary guitarist's 10 greatest guitar moments. Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below or on Facebook!
There's a saying in professional soccer that there are piano players and piano movers. There are the forwards (the players), who—with skilled footwork and finesse—score goals, and therefore score with fans. And there are the backs (the movers), whose grunt work, though important, doesn't appear in the stats.
Sure, there are scores of stellar live versions of Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of "Texas Flood" online, but there's simply something magical about this raw performance from July 17, 1982, at the Montreux Jazz and International Music Festival. The extended, dynamics-filled rollercoaster ride finds SRV reaching into his bag of King-meets-Hendrix Licks—not mention behind his back, where his Strat rested for the final third of the song.