Riding with the King is a blues album by Eric Clapton and B.B. King released in 2000. The idea for a collaborative album began during the sessions for King's 1997 album Deuces Wild.
The album contains B.B. King classics like "Three O'Clock Blues", "Days of Old", and "Help the Poor" from Live at the Regal. Other tracks include the Big Bill Broonzy-penned "Key to the Highway", Chicago pianist Maceo Merriweather's "Worried Life Blues" and a cover of Isaac Hayes's composition "Hold On, I'm Comin'" originally a 1966 single for Stax Records artists Sam & Dave.
Riding with the King won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
B.B. King was 77 years old when Reflections was released, which perhaps entitled him to reflect back on the song standards the album contained. Despite advancing age, King had already been unusually busy on the recording front for a septuagenarian, turning out the gold-selling duets album Deuces Wild in 1997, Blues on the Bayou in 1998, Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan in 1999, the double-platinum Riding With the King with Eric Clapton and Makin' Love Is Good for You in 2000, and the seasonal recording A Christmas Celebration of Hope in 2002. For Reflections, he again worked with Simon Climie, who produced Riding With the King, and collaborated with a session band including such notables as Joe Sample, Nathan East, and Doyle Bramhall II.
When it comes to the greatest rockin' bluesmen in history, at the top of the electrified traditional list is B.B. King; at the top of the contemporary list is Eric Clapton. Riding with The King brings the two living legends together for an entire album for the first time. When it comes to rockin' blues, Riding With The King is as great as it will ever get…