“I live off Bloody Marys, they give you fire. I get up in the morning and go right to the bar. Yes, I lose my appetite touring”. Thus spoke the Texas Cannonball Freddie King, living to the ripe old age of 42. Fortunately for generations of guitarists to come including Eric Clapton (whom he toured with), Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughn and his brother Jimmy (who used to bill himself as “Freddie King Jr.”), Freddie made a ton of recordings. Sharing a last name (but no blood relation) with B.B. and Albert, Freddie’s style was unique and helped forge the blues/rock phenomenon of the 60′s and 70′s. The German record label Bear Family has just released a massive 7-Disc box set of his legacy, dating from the late 50′s until 1973. Live gems, alternate takes and some of the best blues or rock guitar licks you’ve ever heard are included, along with a hardbound photo essay by Bill Dahl. Find out why Grand Funk Railroad paid homage to him in their million-seller “We’re An American Band” or, better yet, sit down and spend some quality time with Freddie.
More information regarding Freddie King: Taking Care Of Business 1956 – 1973 is available on the web at: www.bear-family.de