Our longest days of driving are behind us. Today we’re going from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, Tx, about a 5 hour jaunt. I had a ton of fun in Memphis, seemed like a hundred blues clubs on Beale St. that had live music.
While listening to the guitarists in Memphis I came to realize that there are basically 2 guitarists that truly revolutionized blues playing over the last 50 years: B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Pretty much every guitar riff and solo I heard Thursday night contained elements of those two players. There are other guitarists that are great and innovative in their playing, but those two are in my opinion the cream of the crop in blues players over the last half century.
Of course you can’t go far in Memphis without seeing an Elvis: