Blues icon B.B. King helped metro musician start his career

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- B.B. King may be gone, but he’s left an everlasting mark on the world of American Blues. The legendary musician made an impact on may lives, including one local artist who shared the stage with him.

It was the sound of the harmonica that caught the attention of B.B. King.

“Playing my harmonica for tips. He came in and let me go into the club, called me on the stage and let me play a tune,” said Brody Buster.

Buster was just eight years old at the time. That was the start of his musical career.

“He is the blues. He started it, he’s an icon. There’s no words to express how grateful I am that he helped me out the way he did,” he said.

The Blues King belonged to Local 627 in Kansas City, an African American musicians union. King had played in the area at least six times in the last decade. Buster even joined him for a session.

“When you’re up on stage with B.B. King, and he calls you up, it’s just a flash. You try to remember what you can of it. It’s so exciting it’s hard to remember the details,” said Buster.