Watch the King of the Bees online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 30 Authentic Blues Grooves You MUST Know
First recorded in 1957, Slim Harpo's swamp blues classic "I'm A King Bee" is seminal blues classic. Rerecorded countless times most notably by the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters, this tune stands out not only for the great lyrics but its odd form. The tune is a 15 bar blues. This is extremely important to take note of as it can lead to many train wrecks on the band stand if everyone is not aware of the form. The track included is helpful as the drummer marks the top of the form with a big cymbal crash. Most good drummers will do this! I have come to realize most people will follow the vocals on this one to cue the changes, that's cool but nothing replaces counting measures. After a few times through, you'll just feel the form. Odd bar forms are difficult!