U2, Sting, Elton John and Van Morrison are among the artists set to collaborate with B.B. King for the blues legend's duets album to be released later this year.
The record is just one of several celebrations surrounding King's eightieth birthday (September 16th). In June, ground breaking on the long-planned B.B. King Museum in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, will take place, with benefit concerts to raise funds to take place this summer. (Mississippi also recently declared February 16th "B.B. King Day.") King will also be the subject of the upcoming book B.B. King's Treasures, a collection of photos, remembrances and memorabilia from the thirteen-time Grammy-winner.
I have a confession to make: I do not like the blues. However, if I had to pick an Advanced blues guy, B.B. King would certainly be in the running. Anybody who owns a theme restaurant in Times Square merits at least a little consideration. Also, I'm going to have to think about this "duets" business. Was Frank Sinatra Advanced? Stay tuned...