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Buddy Guy: ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

In Blues News on August 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading.

Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out of your bed,” which made his parents a little upset when he started tearing the metal wire off the screen door. He was trying to build a guitar… click here for more

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Impacted A Generation of Young Musicians

In Blues Harmonica, Blues News on August 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

For many white Blues musicians starting out in the 1960s and drawn in by Beatlemania, entry to the genre was led by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

American Blues singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield was, in the words of one of his most famous recordings, ‘born in Chicago’ in 1942 (though the song says “19 and 41”). Paul was raised in the long time home of Barak Obama, Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He attended a private school and studied classical flute with Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

While that is hardly a standard background for the making of a Blues legend, it was pretty difficult to avoid the Blues in Chicago in the late 1950s…MORE

Buddy Guy: ‘Rhythm And Blues’ Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

In Blues Guitar on August 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

On his new album, Rhythm & Blues, guitarist and vocalist sums up his approach when he sings, “People always ask me / About the blues I play / I say it just comes through me / I don’t know no other way / I go by feel.” A few songs later, in “Whiskey Ghost,” he trembles as he describes the nightly test of will with a common blues-culture demon. Then, working alongside Steven Tyler of in “Evil Twin,” he rolls through Blues 101 tales of woe about getting tangled up with the wrong kind of woman.

There are 21 songs on this two-disc set of new recordings, and by the time it’s over, Guy and his guests have visited just about every worn-out blues cliché. That would be tedious listening if he were a troubadour. But in his music, the lyrics are really just there to set the scene. The jolts start after the verses, when Guy begins to play. His guitar — a custom Buddy Guy 1989 Fender Stratocaster — is more than hot-wired. It sounds like it’ll give you a blistering burn if you get too close…MORE