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Playing with the King: Freddie King, ZZ Top and Muddy Waters

Thursday, July 5: 1 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
(l-r) Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Derek Trucks and bassist Dusty Hill perform live

This year, legendary guitarist Freddie King aka the Texas Cannonball was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His searing, assertive solos and gift for showmanship made him among the most revered and subsequently emulated blues guitarists. He was a formidable figure on the nation's two most prominent blues scenes, earning his explosive nom de plume performing in the state where he was born and emerging as a powerful presence on the Chicago circuit. "If you're a guitar player, you better be a Freddie King fan, or you're probably not very good," noted guitarist Derek Trucks.  

At the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio, Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top inducted King into the Hall of Fame. They also helped lead a jam that included guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Trucks, as they collectively delivered blistering covers of King classics "Hideaway" and "Goin' Down." 

In this clip, Dusty Hill talks about playing bass with Freddie King, and Billy Gibbons and Hill share the story of when King introduced them to Muddy Waters during a high-stakes card game backstage. Click here to view more videos from the ...


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Congratulations to Rock Hall inductee Bonnie Raitt, recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame

Friday, May 7: 3:45 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum would like to congratulate 2000 inductee Bonnie Raitt on her induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Though Bonnie may be best-known for her more mainstream, commercially successful albums like Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, her music has always been rooted in the blues, and she has been a fervent supporter of the blues. When she began her career in Boston in the late Sixties, she appeared with Howlin’ Wolf, Sippie Wallace and Mississippi Fred McDowell, among others. In the years since, she has played guitar alongside such blues greats as B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. In 1990, Bonnie and John Lee Hooker shared the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording for their work on the song “In the Mood” from Hooker’s album The Healer. And in 2000, she took part in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s American Music Masters tribute to Muddy Waters. Bonnie also co-founded the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and she has gone out of her way to help struggling blues artists with financial assistance and other forms of support. The Blues Hall of ...


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