I am inept, musically. I have, however, been privileged to meet several outstanding guitarists over the years via friends and acquaintances. Because of this, I witnesses the best blues show of my life, including those by Muddy, John Lee, and Albert (Collins and King).
Around 1983 I was friends with the A&R guy from Robin Guitars. Robin Guitars was operated from the back of “Rockin’ Robin” music store on S. Shepherd. They did assembly and setup in Houston from (I think) Japanese components. I knew a few people in the company.
In any case, my friend the A&R guy had arranged to provide a guitar to Lil’ Ed of “Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials”. We went to the show at the now defunct Blue Note and, as usual, we were running late. He had intended to give the guitar to Ed backstage before the show but they were just plugging in on stage when we arrived. My friend waded through the crowd with the guitar so he could show it to Ed before the show. To our suprise, Ed unplugged his guitar and plugged in the Robin as soon as he held it. He tuned it for just a few seconds and started off their first song.
The show was epic. It went on for over three hours and Lil’ Ed and his band were absolutely smoking. I’ve seen many great Blues and R&B shows over the years, but none compare to that night at the Blue Note. I honestly don’t know if Lil’ Ed ever played that Robin guitar again, but that night, the first time he ever touched it, it was magic.