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Singing the Blues

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Adam Vorndran of Brownsburg blues-rock outfit The Breakes took a road trip with his band back on May 14th, and he recalls what an awful Thursday it turned out to be. Their car broke down in Salt Lake City.

But after the young guitarist and vocalist checked into a hotel with his band, they learned from the TV in the hotel lobby that the day had just gotten worse -- far worse for them and all R&B music fans the world over. The news reported blues guitarist legend B.B. King had died.

An admirer of King since first hearing his chilling rendition of The Thrill Is Gone, Vorndran called Indiana concert promoter Wayne Bertsch the next day, in hopes of setting up a tribute show to honor of the bluesman.

In addition to Vorndran on guitar, the Breakes include Adam Meyers on drums and Joe Frazee on bass. - COURTESY OF THE BREAKES
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  • In addition to Vorndran on guitar, the Breakes include Adam Meyers on drums and Joe Frazee on bass.

A big blues fan himself, Bertsch jumped at the idea, quickly recruiting a couple of other King-inspired acts to also play the tribute concert. Now only two months after King's death, at age 89, The Breakes will be joined by locals John Strahl Band and Highway 9 as part of a special B.B. King Tribute show at Radio Radio this Saturday (July 11th).

"You hear recordings of him from back in the '60s, and it's crazy," Vorndran says. "He was really just an ambassador for the blues up until he died."

The American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist was known for his prolific performances, regularly playing more than 200 concerts a year, well into his seventies.

For more information on tomorrow evening's B.B. King Tribute show, visit the Radio Radiowebsite.

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