King Six-String

In the winter of 1949, B.B. King was playing guitar at a dance hall in Arkansas when a fight broke out. Two men were battling over a woman named Lucille and during the commotion knocked over a barrel half-full of kerosene that had been heating the room. Flames ignited, the hall was evacuated, and after realizing he had abandoned his guitar inside, King rushed back into the burning building. Two people died in the fire, and King named that guitar "Lucille" to serve as a constant reminder "never to do a thing like that again."

It is the nature of the blues to create legends, and octogenarian B.B. King is certainly one of them. His decades-long career, marked with Grammy award-winning albums and Hall of Fame inductions has made him the most well-known and universally beloved and respected blues guitarist alive. Last September, King celebrated his 80th birthday by recording an album of duets, pairing with a laundry list of music legends such as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Glenn Frey and Daryl Hall. It begs the question, "How is Daryl Hall still getting work?" It also serves as a reminder that even at 80, B.B. King is a force to be reckoned with.

B.B. King performs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun streets in Fort Worth. Tickets range from $45 to $75, with a limited number of premium seats available for $100. Call 1-877-212-4280 or visit
Wed., May 31, 8 p.m.

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Darci Ratliff

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