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It's hard to think of a single occasion that wouldn't be improved by a few licks from electric blues master T-Bone Walker, and these mid-'50s recordings find him at the top of his game. His Gibson ES-250 is stingingly sharp as he combines with Junior Wells and Jimmy Rogers on the sexy slow blues "Why Not" and slyly salacious "Papa Ain't Salty". His collaboration with jazz guitarist Barney Kessel on the swinging "Two Bones and a Pick" is nothing short of an explosive, tag-team blowout.


Born: 28 May 1910 in Linden, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today. Few major postwar blues guitarists come to mind that don't owe T-Bone Walker an unpayable debt of gratitude. B.B. King has long cited him as a primary influence, marveling at Walker's penchant for holding the body of his guitar outward while he played...
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