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Henry St. Claire Fredericks, known as Taj Mahal, performs on stage during his concert at the Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on July 23, 2005.(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)


Taj Mahal, 71, and other guitarists who still rock
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer


Taj Mahal is a legendary, Grammy-winning blues musician.

He's also 71 years old.

Though B.B. King and Tony Bennett have continued to tour into their late 80s, others such as George Strait, 61, are calling it a day.

Taj Mahal is still going strong. Over the years, he's woven blues together with music from the Caribbean and Africa to form a style called world blues. These days, he's continuing his innovative approach. Friday's show at the Holland Performing Arts Center includes South African singer Vusi Mahlasela and New Zealand singer Deva Mahal.

Here are four other blues and rock guitarists you gotta go see before they quit playing gigs.

» B.B. King, 88: These days, King plays while seated on a stool, but that's OK by us as long as he continues to coax those sad notes from Lucille, his trademark black guitar.

» Chuck Berry, 87: Berry still plays “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” and he still duckwalks across the stage. Every third Wednesday of the month, he can be counted on to play a show at Blueberry Hill, a club in his native St. Louis.

» Buddy Guy, 77: Jimi Hendrix learned all of his guitar tricks — playing with his teeth, playing with a drum stick, playing behind his head — from Buddy Guy. He's as electric, loud, aggressive and excited a performer as he's always been.

» Eric Clapton, 68: Many aging artists like to keep playing the same old stuff and touring the same old venues, but Clapton keeps doing new things with his trademark black Fender Stratocaster.

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Taj Mahal Trio with Fredericks Brown

When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Tickets: $32 to $45 at TicketOmaha.com, the Ticket Omaha box office or by phone at 402-345-0606
Information: OmahaPerformingArts.org or 402-345-0202

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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