theadvertiser.com - I’ve learned to get nervous before a concert featuring a blues legend. Less than a handful of these rock ‘n’ roll originators are still with us.
The effects of Father Time, on the few that remain, can bring fans to tears – and not in a good way.
Two Mays ago, I was like a child on Christmas morning before a sold-out B. B. King show at Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton. I had seen him just a six years earlier in Lake Charles, where the King of the Blues left his minions begging for more.
But in Charenton, the then-88-year-old King was fumbling, mumbling and left a killer back-up band to finish signature songs he could barely remember. Halfway through the show, fans were walking out on this winner of arts and freedom medals from two American presidents.
The following May, King was gone.
That terrible memory haunted me April 6, just before blues guitarist Buddy Guy took the stage at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. ... READ MORE