I Met BB King!

I had the opportunity to meet BB King on Saturday night, and all I can say is “wow.” This is a world class musician who has toured the world dozens of times, played over 15,000 shows in career lasting 60+ years, met heads of state, and changed the face of music…

…and he’s also incredibly humble.

I continue to be surprised by the amount of famous and ridiculously gifted musician’s I’ve met who are the most down-to-earth, humble folks in the world. (Bruce Hornsby, Stan Skibby & Brian Vander Ark come to mind…) BB was no exception.

After telling him that he was a huge influence on my guitar playing (and decision to study music), he said “You started playing at 6? I didn’t start until I was 11. By the time you’re my age you’re going to have a lot more experience than me.” I told him that I couldn’t figure out how to make the damn things (guitars) work, and he said “me either. There are a few guys who have really figured it out…Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, but I’m not one of them.” I said “if you haven’t figured it out yet, Mr. King, that doesn’t bode well for the rest of us normal guys!”

We then took a couple pics and he signed a show poster for me. (I wanted to pick up my 335 to have him sign it but didn’t have time to get it…) Then I went on my way.

There’s a lesson in here for all of us – greatness is complemented by humility.

Joe and BB

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  • http://www.facebook.com/caseyhendrickson Casey Hendrickson

    Awesome! I used to do his pest control.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706782407 Eric Shackelford

    watch that muscley hand of yours, you’ll break him! ;) very cool though!

  • Jim

    B is, and always has been a truly class act. And his joint in Nashville has one of the best house bands I’ve ever heard. So glad you had the opportunity to meet him!

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