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Quinn Sullivan, 14-Year-Old Blues Prodigy, Impresses the Masters

April 23, 2013

Last week's Crossroads Guitar Festival featured blistering sets from road veterans like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, but some of the biggest cheers of the festival went to a kid who is still in middle school: 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan. The...

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Fleetwod Mac, Billy Joel, Black Keys Lead Stacked New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup

January 17, 2013

Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Maroon 5 and the Black Keys are among a slew of artists slated to perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Also set to play this year: Dave Matthews Band, Phoenix (who just announced the title of their...

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Rare Bowie, Dylan Interviews Donated to Library of Congress

June 18, 2012

Former Capitol Records/EMI president Joe Smith has donated a boatload of interviews with over 200 musical stars to the Library of Congress, which announced the news today on its website. In a statement, the Library noted that the tapes feature chats...

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Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jeff Beck Rock Crossroads Fest

June 28, 2010

The Crossroads Guitar Festival is known for epic collaborations, and this year's event was no exception: Mid-Saturday afternoon, a relentless sun scorched more than 28,000 fans at Chicago's Toyota Stadium as Ronnie Wood, Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang kicked...

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Editor's Notes: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts

November 26, 2009

T wenty-five years ago, when Ahmet Ertegun and I first began talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we could only dream that it would lead to what went down in Madison Square Garden on October 29th and 30th. It's only been a few days since the...

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B.B. King Museum Opens With Priceless Artifacts, Three-Hour Set

September 15, 2008

Riley B. King received an early birthday present from his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, this weekend: the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, a permanent home for artifacts from the blues legend's life and career. B.B. King, who turns...

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Video: At the Guitar Heroes Cover Shoot With Eddie Van Halen, B.B. King, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Kirk Hammett and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

May 30, 2008

For the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" issue, Rolling Stone gathered together eight real life guitar heroes for a special double-sized cover. Click above for behind-the-scenes video from the cover shoot, including thoughts from the participants...

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Justin, B.B. Hail Memphis

November 5, 2003

Justin Timberlake, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes and Scotty Moore -- four musicians with ties to Memphis, Tennessee -- have been selected as Musical Ambassadors for the city, as it plans a yearlong celebration in 2004 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of rock...

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Blues Skies for B.B. King

July 12, 2000

It's good to be the King -- B.B. King, to be specific. In the last month, the legendary bluesman saw his collaboration with Eric Clapton, Riding with the King, debut at No. 3 on the nation's album chart and his classy B.B. King Blues Club & Grill...

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On the Bus with B.B. King

December 24, 1998

The trucker is squinting hard through the downpour of a sudden tempest, steering his load of appliances along the slick Connecticut four-lane. He's nattering on the CB radio as the mammoth motor coach pulls alongside. The lights are on in the bus's private...

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B.B. King's Mississippi Homecoming

November 30, 1989

Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 556 from November 30, 1998. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium subscription plan. If you are already a subscriber,...

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Carlos Santana to Publish Memoir in 2014

September 13, 2012

Carlos Santana is working on a still-untitled memoir that Little Brown is set to publish in English and Spanish in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reports. Santana hopes his story will "help readers discover the sanctity, grace and divinity in themselves,"...

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B.B. King Sued for Blocking Biopic

April 10, 2012

B.B. King is being sued by a filmmaker who claims the blues legend has attempted to block an autobiographical film, the Hollywood Reporter reveals. King Size Film Productions filed a lawsuit in California federal court alleging that King has been attempting...

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Eric Clapton Announces 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival: Jeff Beck, B.B. King, John Mayer, More

February 10, 2010

"I do it because I want to hear these players," Eric Clapton says, during an exclusive interview announcing his third Crossroads Guitar Festival. The all-day stars-of-guitar show will be held on June 26th at Toyota Park in Chicago; tickets go on sale...

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Exclusive: B.B. King and Buddy Guy's Backstage Blues Summit

March 26, 2009

Bluesmen B.B. King and Buddy Guy recently wrapped up a three-week stretch of shows together at Red Bank, New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre and Rock Daily was backstage with the two legends as they talked about their craft, reminisced about the old days...

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In the Studio: B.B. King Cuts Fifties-Style Set

July 3, 2008

When producer T Bone Burnett first met with B.B. King, he presented the blues legend with a simple mission statement: "I'd like for you to go back to the Fifties and do some of the stuff as you did it then." At 82, King wondered whether he could really...

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Crossroads Guitar Festival: Clapton, B.B. King, Jeff Beck Tear Through Six-String Salutes to Friends and Idols

July 30, 2007

"I do this for fun," Eric Clapton confessed in an interview the day before he hosted and headlined the second Crossroads Guitar Festival, an eleven-hour marathon of solos and joy, on July 28th for 28,000 people at Toyota Park in Chicago. The sold-out...

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B.B. King Rides Again

April 15, 2003

B.B. King will release Reflections, his first album in three years, on June 10th. According to the blues legend, who celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of his first recording this year, the new batch of tracks sticks to his tried-and-true formula. "When...

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Guitar Gods

April 1, 1999

In his first Rolling Stone interview, published in March 1968, Jimi Hendrix described the moment that changed his life forever: "The first guitarist I was aware of was Muddy Waters. I heard one of his old records when I was a little boy, and it scared...

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Blues World Honors B.B. King

October 23, 1997

A crowd of celebrities were on hand Monday night at the Palace Theater in Hollywood to honor blues veteran B.B. King. The "King of the Blues" was honored with the Blues Foundation's third annual lifetime achievement award. Throughout his career, King...

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