Bobby Bland Highlights Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction
November 30, 2012 at 9:11AM
It didn't have the star power it might have, with living inductees such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, B.B. King, and Mavis Staples not among the night's performers, but Thursday's inaugural induction ceremony at a roughly half full Cannon Center for the Performing Arts was still a nice, if occasionally wordy and slightly overlong, celebration of the breadth of Memphis music. And when 82-year-old, Beale Street-bred soul-blues titan Bobby “Blue” Bland took a seat on stage and sang his classics “Goin' Down Slow” and “Stormy Monday Blues,” this alone was, as they say, worth the price of admission.