Courtesy Mohave Valley Daily News
It's rare that George Thorogood takes anything in life too seriously. Does he care about trying to change the world one guitar lick at a time? No, not particularly. Is he trying to do better than the next guy? Nope.
As far as he's concerned life is all about having fun, playing a bit of music and taking as many people as possible who want to go along on this crazy journey with him. And if you think at his age of 68 he has any intention of slowing down, forget it.
All we can say is, buckle up, people, you're in for one hell of a sweet roller coaster ride.
"Lonesome George" plays music simply for the joy of playing music, and the thing is, Thorogood is ridiculously more talented than he gives himself credit for. Along the way, his music has left its mark in history and on his fans who continue to come to his shows after all these years. As proof, Thorogood received the 2018 B.B. King Award during this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is only the fifth recipient of the award created in 2014, to recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene. He is in good company with Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahal(2016), James Cotton (2015) and the late great B.B. King himself, so congratulations are in order.
"I thank you. I don't think it's ever really going to sink in," he told the Laughlin entertainer. "B.B. King is to blues what Hank Williams is to country music. He was the first blues artist I ever saw.
"It's kind of a strange feeling to say I've been banging around the United States, but I've got to go to the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Quebec to get this award," he laughs. "It hasn't really sunk in just yet. I'm sure it will some day. After all, we're talking about B.B. King here. You're not talking about the Three Stooges Award or something here, you know. I'm like, 'Hey, man, are you sure you've got the right guy?'"
We're pretty sure, even if Thorogood isn't convinced.