The King Of The Blues “electrified” the ACL crew and audience.
By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
The mighty (and long-running) Austin City Limits show on PBS is prepping to honor of the passing of B.B. King. ACL will be re-airing its classic 1983 B.B. King appearance on Saturday, May 30. It has been “newly upconverted to HD and 5.1 Surround Sound” and hasn’t been aired in 22 years.
Noted ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, “King personified blues music for the whole world,” but when he first appeared on Austin City Limits in 1983 it was rare for a blues artist to command a full hour on national television.”
The episode was one of two ACL appearances, an 11-song set recorded in 1982 for the then-upcoming Season 8. Added Lickona, “There was electricity in Studio 6A that night like no other. It was pure B.B. – just him, Lucille and one of the best road bands he ever toured with. He mixed up hardcore blues with Elvis ballads, and had the audience in the palm of his hand, following his every lead. It was historic!”
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