Bb King hails new technology as the saviour of blues music, but worries it will always struggle in the shadow of rap and rock.

The 79-year-old guitar legend is impressed with how digital radio means listeners around the world can tune into a local radio station, but he wishes blues got more airtime.

King says, "Satellite radio is the best thing that's happened to blues since the '60s. But more people listen to rock and rap than anything else. Even the younger superstar blues players, like the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, don't get played on commercial radio. There's no exposure for the new artists or us older artists.

Nevertheless, he's sure it will survive: "Blues will be around as long as there are people, places and things."

05/08/2005 09:42