“I’ve never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that’s why I go on doing it – I like to see everybody smile.”
– Buddy Guy
George “Buddy” Guy (born July 30, 1936 is an American blues guitarist and singer. Critically acclaimed, he is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s Guy was a member of Muddy Waters’ band and was a house guitarist at Chess Records. He can be heard on Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” and Koko Taylor’s “Wang Dang Doodle” as well as on his own Chess sides and the series of records he made with harmonica player Junior Wells.
I hope you like the videos presented below and that you like the blues as much as I do.
Buddy Guy – “Out of Sight” (19xx?)
This video is very cool!
Buddy Guy – Live at Solana Beach (1995) / full show
This concert, shot from first row – center, was recorded at arguably the peak of Buddy’s career. It includes songs from “Damn Right I Got the Blues” and Slippin’ In” (which had been released just six months earlier). Buddy claims to have a “tender throat” on this night, but nobody cares as he, and the crowd, had a great evening. His awesome touring band: Greg Rzab on bass, Scott Holt on guitar, and drummer Ray “Killer” Allison are featured prominently on this show. Major props to Hat-Cam Man, whoever you are.
Buddy Guy invites 8 year old guitar whiz Quinn Sullivan on stage for an impromptu jam! (2007)
Here is a great example of the joy and feeling that people can share with music independent of background and age.