Congrats to our own B.B. King, whose new documentary, B.B. King--The Life of Riley,
will finally premier on June 14 at the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto. Morgan Freeman narrates and Slash
, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood are among those interviewed. The film also features new and vintage footage with Buddy Guy, Carlos Santanta, Dr. John, Leon Russell, and John Lennon
King worked extensively with Epiphone on the Lucille
model and there's no other archtop like it in the world (except B.B.'s, of course).
Everyone born in the last 60 years knows that B.B. King is the "King of the Blues." But if you've taken that title for granted and need a refresher on how revolutionary King was as a guitarist and a singer in the '50s and '60s, The Life of Riley,
that will help set you straight. It's an excellent film with great footage both old and new. Check out the sides that King cut for Sun Records and RPM in the early '50s with a variety of archtops including an Epiphone to begin your blues Jedi training.
Two of King’s greatest recordings were made on the road and are a must-have for any great record collection. Check out Live at the Regal
and Live at Cook County Jail
to learn the a.b.c.’s of King’s one-of-a-kind tone.