July 31, 2016

It doesn’t matter that George Thorogood and the Destroyers have never cracked the Top 10. Their rock-blues-boogie is instantly recognizable, whether the first sound you hear is the purposely distorted buzz of Thorogood’s big Gibson guitar or the nasty, raspy growl of his voice. Even without hit status, a handful of the band’s songs – “Bad to the Bone”; “Move It on Over”; “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”.  Thorogood, 66, called in from the road to talk about what he does for a living, his early days in the business, and how he keeps doing it.

“I was just like every other kid,” he said of thinking about playing music. “Once the Beatles were on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ and then the Rolling Stones hit town, the next Christmas practically every kid asked for a guitar. Now, my older brothers were a handful for my parents. They were kind of on the juvenile delinquent side of the fence, and both of them rode motorcycles. This was before ‘Easy Rider,’ so anybody who rode a motorcycle was consi...

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