‘I’m gonna give you 100% Buddy Guy. If I don’t, I’d be faking you’

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 15 Februari 2015 | 22.23

Buddy Guy's pioneering blues legacy had humble beginnings. At the age of seven, he fashioned a makeshift guitar out of wood and hairpins and taught himself how to play. Hailing from Louisiana, Guy honed his skill through the years, finally playing in clubs with John "Big Poppa" Tilley's band in Baton Rouge. At 21, he decided to make his mark in the windy city, and after some years on the club circuit, he got signed to the noted blues label, Chess Records. There he served as an in-house guitarist, playing with blues greats like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf while developing his signature West Side sound. "Chess Records had made a lot of African Americans migrate there so they could make records. I just wanted to watch those greats play, I didn't think I was ever good enough to be in their company as a musician," said 78-year-old Guy.

His time at Chess Records, between 1960 and 1967, was formative and he gained recognition for hits like 'Stone Crazy' and 'When My Left Eye Jumps'. Later, Guy moved to Vanguard Records, making his mark with classic albums like 'A Man and His Blues' and 'Hold That Plane', as well as collaborations with famed harmonica player Junior Wells. This led to his working with greats like Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman. His career experienced a lull in the eighties, only to be revived by a performance with Clapton, who went on to call Guy "by far without a doubt the best guitar player alive."

Besides Clapton, Guy went on to influence musical behemoths like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan while racking up a sizeable list of achievements including winning this year's lifetime achievement award at the Grammys. He has played with BB King, Fred McDowell and Lonnie Johnson. "Those are people I just wanted to see before they passed away, but I got a chance to play with them," said Guy. Before Waters passed away, he asked Guy to ensure that the blues lived on. So when Guy discovered 15-year-old guitar prodigy, Quinn Sullivan, he was sure to nurture his talent. "I disagree with those that believe you need to have experienced enough life to truly play the blues," he said.

Guy is excited to be in India for the third time. "I'm gonna give you 100% Buddy Guy. If I didn't, I'd be faking you. I just gotta be Buddy Guy wherever I go, and that's all I know," he said about Sunday's performance at the Mahindra Blues Festival. "I researched my family and my mother's side was deeply Indian. I didn't think I'd get a chance to come here but I was blessed to be a musician and play well enough to get here."

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