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Nine O'clock Blues: Gary Moore

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Gary Moore's 2001 album, 'Back to the Blues' - following in such blues efforts as Still Got the Blues, After Hours, and Blues Alive

I have always felt that, when the great Blues and Rock guitarists of later 20th Century are listed, Gary Moore should be included alongside Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and B. B. King.

Guitarist and vocalist Gary Moore was born in Northern Ireland in 1952 and passed away last year after a career that included stints with the bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy plus work with B. B. King, George Harrison, Albert King, Greg Lake and a host of other top profile artists.

-- Gary Moore & Albert King's video of "Oh Pretty Woman", from the album Still Got the Blues

While he could play with all the flash and speed of any of the best, Moore’s real guitar genius was his powerfully emotional style, punctuated by sustained notes with a tasty touch of feedback and just a bit of distortion. Like many of the great jazz instrumentalists, his tone made him instantly recognizable to his fans. And like B. B. King, Gary Moore made each note a whole sentence with distinctive attack, crafted body and expressive release.

Tune in for The Nine O’clock Blues when we’ll hear three pieces from Gary Moore, including a version of “The Thrill is Gone” recorded live with B. B. King.


Also on the show will be harmonica great Walter Horton, vocalists Gary “U. S.” Bonds and Louise Grasmere and a live track from 1969 by the original Fleetwood Mac.


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