LiveDaily is reporting that with a winter tour alongside Buddy Guy recently wrapped, B.B. King has mapped a round of solo dates that rounds out the winter and runs into late 2010.
The legendary bluesman will return to the road for an April 19 concert in Denver, working his way throughout middle America and parts of the West before wrapping up in Canada later this year. The sporadic 20-date club and theater trek currently concludes Nov. 21 in Ottawa. The full schedule is shown at right.
King, a 14-time Grammy winner, scored the highest-debuting solo album of his nearly 60-year career with his latest release, "One Kind Favor." The set, which surfaced in August 2008, debuted at No. 37 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Produced by T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison), "One Kind Favor" features covers of old blues songs that inspired King as a young man, and was made to sound like it was recorded in the '50s. Players include Dr. John on piano, Nathan East on standup bass and Jim Keltner on drums.
A 14-track live set entitled "B.B. King Live at the BBC" surfaced last March.
After more than 60 years in the music business, King has noticed some changes in the industry.
"We used to be called rhythm and blues singers; but after rock 'n' roll I guess we lost our rhythm, because now it's just called blues," King explained in a recent interview with the UK's Telegraph. "But I don't try to just be a blues singer--I try to be an entertainer. That has kept me going."
19 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
20 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Civic Plaza
21 - Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion of the Arts and Sciences
23 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium
24, 25 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
28 - Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium
29 - Evansville, IN - Evansville Auditorium & Convention Center
2 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Fairgrounds
8 - Augusta, GA - William Bell Auditorium
9 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
15 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Concert Pavilion
13 - Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
3 - Eugene, OR - Huit Center for Performing Arts
5 - Coquitlam, British Columbia - Red Robinson Theater
8 - Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Conexus Centre of the Arts
11 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Centennial Concert Hall
12 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
13 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
21 - Ottawa, Ontario - National Arts Center