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When Great Guitarists Talk Shop, Buddy Guy is in the Conversation

AllMusic’s bio of blues legend Buddy Guy was written by Mark Deming. Here is how it starts:

Buddy Guy is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation (and arguably the most celebrated), possessing a sound and style that embodied the traditions of classic Chicago blues while also embracing the fire and flash of rock & roll. Guy spent much of his career as a well-regarded journeymen, cited as a modern master by contemporary blues fans but not breaking through to a larger audience, before he finally caught the brass ring in the 1990s and released a series of albums that made him one of the biggest blues acts of the day, a seasoned veteran with a modern edge. And few guitarists of any genre have enjoyed the respect of their peers as Guy has, with such giants as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Mark Knopfler all citing him as a personal favorite. (Continue Reading…)

Here is a portion of a profile that probably first appeared in Rolling Stone:

Although many of Guy’s fans insist that he is best appreciated in concert, his recordings through the ’90s have proved critical and popular favorites. Among them are three star-studded Grammy-winning albums: 1991’s Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, 1993’s Feels Like Rain (featuring Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, John Mayall, and Travis Tritt), and 1994’s Slippin’ In (with the Double Trouble rhythm section, pianist Johnnie Johnson, and guitarist David Grissom). Heavy Love (1998) features Jonny Lang and Steve Cropper. In 1993 Guy received Billboard’s Century Award. He tours constantly, appearing at blues clubs and festivals around the world. Guy owns a Chicago club called Buddy Guy’s Legends, where he can be found both performing and enjoying the playing of other acts when he’s in town. (Continue Reading…)

Above is “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” and below is “Feels Like Rain.” Information about Guy’s current tour is at his site. One last note: Guy’s daughter is the rapper Shwanna, whose given name is Rashawnna Guy.

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