So what about George Thorogood? (Not that anyone on Team Cream rolled his/her eyes in our pitch meeting when his name came up or anything.) He's gonna bluesify the shit out of Nashville tonight, and here's Ted Drozdowski in this week's Critics' Picks:
In the late-'70s, slide guitar slinger George Thorogood arrived like the gene-spliced son of Chuck Berry and Elmore James, duck-walking the Bo Diddley beat back onto FM radio and shoving then-obscure folk label Rounder Records onto the pop culture radar with his Top 40 album Move It on Over. Today, Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" routine might seem a bit arthritic, but the truth is the 59-year-old's bawling voice and steel-fingered chops still serve his barroom blooze 'n' boogie like Martina Navratilova with a mean streak. He's even got a new album, his 15th studio disc, The Dirty Dozen, that reached the top of Billboard's blues chart with a blend of his own out-of-print obscurities and classics like Chess Records' songwriter Willie Dixon's "Tail Dragger" and country truck stop god Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road." The CD's proof that although it's been 34 years on the road for Thorogood, he ain't changed a lick. Tom Hambridge opens.
Doors for tonight's show at the Wildhorse open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets range from $20 (third floor) to $75 (includes meet-and-greet). Check out ol' G.T. getting solo drunk after the jump.