GT's five essential blues recordings...

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The Bad to the Bone singer-guitarist, who will play March 26 in the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, is descended from Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and British blues-rock guitarists. He picked four albums' worth of music by three musicians and one "essential song":

The Complete Recordings (boxed set), Robert Johnson: "If you don't listen to that, that's like saying, 'I like acting, but I don't care for On the Waterfront.' . . . (Johnson) is what it's all based on."

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions , Howlin' Wolf with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr and Ian Stewart: "It's essential only for the fact that you've got one of the highest-profile bluesmen of all time with some of the greatest rock musicians in the world. It's a fantastic record."

Live at the Regal , B.B. King: "To talk about essential blues, somewhere along the line you've got to mention B.B. King. I'm not even that big a fan of his style, but he's as essential to blues as Johnny Cash is to country."

Something Inside Me (song), Elmore James: "It's got to be the greatest blues song I've ever heard. I've never heard anybody sing blues like Elmore James. It's chilling to listen to that man's vocals."


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