If younger listeners aren’t as familiar with Bland himself, they undoubtedly know his music from the cover versions that rock artists made familiar. Eric Clapton can’t seem to hit a stage without playing “Farther Up the Road,” and the Grateful Dead made “Turn On Your Love Light” into a jam epic favorite. The Band took on the beautiful ballad, “Share Your Love With Me” (as did Aretha Franklin), and a host of other artists — including Van Morrison and Traffic —brought Bland classics to a new audience.
“Farther Up the Road” — That’s Bland to the right of Elvis
“The Thrill is Gone” — Bland and B.B. King, 1977