You upset me, BB
Master Hartley is the finest unknown guitar player that you will never hear, and I’ve heard a lot of unknown greats at small venues in my sixty years of travel. Here is what he has to say regarding BB King and his vexing challenge to all musicians.
Today, Lucille is a widow. Is there any guitar player of the past 60 years who hasn’t been influenced by him? He had a deceptively simple playing style…but just try to reproduce that tone (and that vibrato…Jesus, that vibrato). God knows, I’ve tried (and I’ve been playing for 40 years). With his innate and effortless stage cool, he made it look natural and easy; but each one of those smooth, economical lead lines were plucked directly from his blue, blue soul. His interpretation was singular and elemental. Long live the King…