Riding With the King (2014) There are few more gorgeous sounds than the sweet sting of B. B. King's guitar, and the thicker-toned bite of Eric Clapton's. On the triumphant… Eric Clapton B.B. King R&B
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Riding With the King (2014)

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Details Lead Performances: Eric Clapton and B.B. King; Genre: R&B

There are few more gorgeous sounds than the sweet sting of B. B. King's guitar, and the thicker-toned bite of Eric Clapton's. On the triumphant collaboration Riding with the King, the two cross-generational masters take on — what else? — the blues in its many guises. Playing traditional slow numbers, both acoustic (''Worried Life Blues'') and electric (''Three O'Clock Blues''), mid-tempo stomps (''Help the Poor''), and postwar transformations into R&B (''Hold on I'm Coming'') and rock (''I Wanna Be''), ''father'' and ''son'' find plenty of common ground. A

Originally posted Jun 16, 2000 Published in issue #545 Jun 16, 2000 Order article reprints