Interview with Albert King
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One of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” along with B.B. King and Freddie King,there’s little need for explanation when it comes to Albert King. Though he never had a profile near that of B.B., the “other” King, he has been incredibly influential on generations of blues musicians. Like fellow lefty Jimi Hendrix, he played a right-handed guitar upside-down and backwards. More than most blues musicians, he lingered on stretched notes to provide emotional emphasis. And rather than aiming for blues purity—which would have been perfectly in character given his Delta and Arkansas origins—he integrated popular styles into his sound.
In this rare interview Albert King converses on when he started using vibrato excessively, why he doesn’t like playing chords, how he thinks of the melodic lines of his instrument, how he gets his heavy tone, what is his opinion on speed and the blues renaissance that seems to come back again every few years, among others. Plunge and enjoy!
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