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Is The Thrill Really Gone?

Since Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, the reigning king of blues, first started performing in the 1940s, his sound has become legendary. But do audiences still get the same thrill they have for decades when they hear the king do his thing?

On Jan. 10, you’ll get the chance to experience B.B. King’s brand of blues right here in Texarkana on the stage of the historic Perot Theatre.

He’ll perform with Lucille, his famous guitar, the instrument that he says has saved his life more than once. “When she plays,” King says, “you can hear a bit of every singer who has soul sing.”

Born on a plantation in Itta Bena, Miss. on Sept. 16, 1925, King grew up performing on street corners for dimes. But in 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, Tenn. to make his dreams of becoming a musician come true. A year later, King got his first big break on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio show on KWEM.

By the mid-1950s, King had performed an astonishing 342 one-night engagements at everything from small-town cafes and juke joints to rock palaces and symphony music halls.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1991, he opened B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. But he’s never stopped performing, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Even at 87, he’s still thrilling audiences the world over with sold-out performances, his signature guitar sound and memorable songs like this classic, “The Thrill Is Gone.”

So what are you waiting for? Order your tickets to this phenomenal show now before they’re all sold out! You know you want to recapture that blues ‘thrill’ one more time.

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