For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Texas Cannonball Takes Over The Zoo in '75
This here must-have, featuring the man who bridged the gap from T-Bone Walker to Stevie Ray Vaughan, is actually a rebroadcast of the March '75 in-studio. As evidenced by Ken Rundel's solemn intro, it was played again shortly after King's death as a tribute to the station's "special friend," who'd moved back to Dallas in '63 and never left. It serves as the perfect primer for the newcomer and glorious reminder for the old hand, this sweat-drenched best-of delivered with a wide grin and gorgeous growl as King rips, dips and rolls through the likes of "Big Legged Woman," "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," "Woman Across the River" and, but of course, "Hideaway" while backed by a band that included Freddie's brother, Benny Turner, on bass.
The perfect flashback for a sweltering weekend -- blessedly cool and decidedly hot to the touch all at once. I'm not sure if we shouldn't call off this rock-and-roll-and work-week adios after this evening's offering -- surely, it's all downhill after this.