DMNews review of last nite's King/Bland show

Holland K. Smith guitar_smitty@YAHOO.COM
Tue Oct 28 21:16:09 EST 2003

Unfortunately, trying to follow these two foot long links doesnt work for
me. Here's the article. (I used cut and paste)


Review: B.B. King, Lucille 'honored' to play the Meyerson
02:00 AM CST on Tuesday, October 28, 2003

By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News

If you believe that blues is best delivered in a raw, gritty environment,
you would have marveled watching how B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland
transformed the pristine Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center into the best
juke joint in Dallas on Monday.

The blues legends performed at a benefit for Central Dallas Ministries,
exposing a mostly milk-toast Dallas audience to gut-bucket blues.

Mr. King, 78, was in fine form, especially when he featured Lucille, his
distinctive guitar.

And though age, bad knees and diabetes forced him to sit for all of the
show, the mastery of his craft made the crowd stand for more than three

The popularity of Mr. King's music derives from its crisp and simplistic
guitar delivery and the wit and realism of his lyrics.

"How Blue Can You Get?" for instance, featured Lucille balanced with his
bold, powerful vocals.

The audience, dressed in fine suits and after-five dresses, gasped but then
laughed when he belted the song's famous line "I gave you seven children,
now you want to give them back."

His guitar playing, though, surpassed his aging voice.

The sold-out crowd seemed mesmerized when he played a slow blues medley
that featured "All Over Again," which concluded with an instrumental
version of "Summertime."

The audience at times seemed uncomfortable with the rough lyrics of his

In "All Over Again," he talks of shopping for a tombstone.

Mr. King also excelled with his old standards, rounding out the show
with "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" and "The Thrill Is Gone," his
signature tune.

The medley featured fine guitar work and a churchlike organ from one of
five Texans in his band.

The Meyerson and its great acoustics seemed to energize Mr. King and his
eight-piece band.

On Sunday they played in the rain in Corpus Christi.

"It's an honor to be here," he said, looking around at the facility.

Judging by his impressive performance, he'll continue to thrill audiences
for some time.

For Mr. Bland, almost a cult figure for lovers of urban blues and hard
soul, the appearance at the Meyerson was much different than one of his
most recent visits to Dallas, where he performed for a modest crowd at a
southern Dallas club called Gold Rush.

The sight of the sequin dresses didn't cause him to compromise.

He sang tales of heartbreak and betrayal, using his silky voice to woo the


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