Five-time Grammy Award winner and one of the greatest American blues and rock guitarists and singers. Geroge “Buddy” Guy was born on July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, Lujzjana.
Buddy Guy began performing in the early 1950s. When he moved to Chicago in 1957, his greatest inspiration was Muddy Waters, the champion of the Chicago scene. A year later, he managed to sign a record deal with the well-known Chess label. During this time, he also recorded with Junior Wells.
However, the times spent on Chess Records were not the best for Buddy Guy – the artist did not find there understanding for his unique style, similar in sound to live performances. The only album he recorded at that time was “Left My Blues In San Francisco”. On Chess Records, Guy was active primarily as a session musician, having the pleasure of recording with artists such as Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor and Howlin ‘Wolf.
Buddy in Great Britain
The reputation of Buddy Guy was also known in Great Britain, where he first came in 1965. The scene was soaking up the inspiration of the American blues. Guy was one of the favorites of rockers such as Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. After years of disappointment, the musician finally ended up being an accomplice with the Chess label. He moved to Vanguard, where he released, among others “Blues Today” or “Hot and Cool”.
The artist’s career, however, did not reach the extent it certainly deserved. Despite the fact that he greatly inspired the blues-rock scene, she triumphed without him. Over the next two decades, the musician experienced a situation that happens to many great creators. Visionaries and artists who pave the way, are eclipsed by followers who claim fame, success and money.
A positive breakthrough in the career of Buddy Guy took place in the late 1980s, when blues music began to experience a revival. The support he received from Eric Clapton, who invited him to perform with other guitarists at a show in London, was also important. During this time, he recorded successfully for the Silvertone label.
American singer and guitarist from the blues and rock circles. He started building his position in the music market in March 2000 with his appearance in South by Southwest, where he caught the attention of Aware Records. He signed a contract with it in early 2001, he released the album “Room for Squares”, available only on the Internet. A year later, he received a Grammy Award in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category for the song “Your Body Is a Wonderland”. In the same year, a recording of his concert in Alabama appeared, entitled “Any Given Thursday”.
In 2005, he started cooperation with B.B. King and Eric Clapton and jazzman John Scofield. He also took part in the tour of the legend of the genre – Herbie Hancock. Although he had a reputation for being a sensitive singer and songwriter – now he was also seen as a great accompanist guitarist, in whose playing you can hear the manner of Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, Freddie King, or, and what was the greatest compliment for him, his idol – Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In the spring of 2005, he founded the band – John Mayer Trio. The band included bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. In October, the trio opened a Rolling Stones club tour, and in November, they released the live album “Try!”.