The Thrill Is Gone

I love “The Thrill Is Gone”. It speaks to the human condition so well. I have so many versions of this B.B. King song. When we added it to the band’s set I was in a mind to approach it with a lot of dynamics ala Albert Collins “Cold, Cold, Feeling” so we really bring it down during the last solo. In blues as in life, sometimes if you repeat a phrase, you give it more weight and if you do that at lower and lower volume levels it has even more impact. The other device I use is to engage the rhythm section with syncopated rhythmic shots, not approach either B.B. or Albert would have used. The horn section with swells and a great trumpet solo really set this tune off nicely.

The signal chain is the Gretsch 6118 -> Fuchs Extreme Cream -> Tone King Metropolitan.

  • Vocals and Guitar – Bill Kirkpatrick
  • Guitar – Carl Strempler
  • Bass – Adam Halstrom
  • Keys – Gary Brenner
  • Drums – Greg Boettcher
  • Trumpet – Ryan Brouwer (solo)
  • Tenor Sax – Chuck McClelland
  • Trombone – Karin Carlson