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B.B. King and Tedeschi Trucks Band: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/12

B.B. King: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012
B.B. King: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 B.B. King: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 B.B. King: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 B.B. King: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 Susan Tedeschi: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 Susan Tedeschi: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 Susan Tedeschi: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012 Tedeschi Trucks Band: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta 26/8/2012

Blues legend B.B. King -- still conjoined to his adorn axe, the iconic big-bodied Gibson, âLucilleâ â only had two instructions for his audience: to be nice and to shake your boogie! The âKing of the Bluesâ played before a packed house â opening for the funkinâ Southern rock duo Tedeschi Trucks Band -- at Atlantaâs Chastain Park Amphitheater on Sun., Aug. 26, 2012.

The 86-year old, Mississippi-born, multiple Grammy Award winner -- faithfully committed to âLucilleâ for well over four decades â can still make passionate love to her like no other. His string bending makes her croon while the magic touch of his left hand vibrato makes her orgasmic-sounding sirens wail throughout the entire outdoor venue. King -- decked out in black and gold -- sat upon his musical throneâ¦well, a basic chair on stageâ¦but still managed to pour his heart, soul, spirit and one-of-a-kind strumminâ into his 70-minute set: performing âI Need You So,â âEveryday I Have the Blues,â âKey to the Highway,â âYou Are My Sunshine,â âWhen Love Came to Town,â âI Need You Baby,â âThe Thrill is Gone,â âGuess Whoâ (in two parts nonetheless), âSee That My Grave Is Kept Cleanâ and âWhen the Saints Go Marching In.â

His weeping guitar riffs and pleading vocal stylings transformed into some intoxicating extended instrumental jams with his railroad-sounding horn section. King lays it down: feeling the music so well when he plays (via frowns, scrunched facial mannerisms and all), itâs worth repeating! Considering the Blues, as well as Rock & Roll, Hall of Famer was the Jacksonville, FL duoâs opening act, the musical legend possessed a certain cool demeanor, wit (making a small joke about drinking some Bud Light), focus and charisma live that with good reason makes him probably the most revered blues singer alive. âI may be 86 years old, but I ainât dead yet!â he jokingly told the audience.

Once the Grammy Award-winning husband and wife musicians took the stage before masses of candlelight in the audience, they stood front and center to an impressively younger, funky and fun all-black rhythm section. Itâs magical when the band can cut a rug while simultaneously staying on cue with the band leaders. This was certainly the case with Derek Trucksâ amazing funk/rock guitar playing accompanied with Susan Tedeschiâs bluesy, gut wrenching vocals. This wasnât your average Southern blues rock: magically fused with rockabilly, jazz and Sunday morning gospel (especially those powerful background singers). Not to mention, Tedeschi had the robust soulful, sort of whiskey-sippinâ vocals reminiscent of Janis Joplin! As the duo breezes its way through âEverybodyâs Talkinâ and the organ-drenched âDonât Let Me Slide,â Trucksâ feisty, finger bleeding guitar solo work was so powerful, I literally left Chastain Park with the notion that Iâd seen enough! The blues is definitely alright with meâ¦

Photos: Erin Kyle
Words Christopher Daniel

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