Friday 9 June 2017
In Buddy Guy one of the most significant founders of present-day blues is coming to the festival. The blues guitarist and singer is an icon of the Chicago blues scene and has influenced many great guitar players such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Mayer. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 23rd on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Born and raised in Louisiana, Guy began learning how to play the guitar using a two-string diddley bow he made himself. Later he was given a Harmony acoustic guitar and perfected his craft. In the 1950s Guy began playing in bands in Baton Rouge and later on worked with the likes of Muddy Waters. His career really took off during the blues revival of the late 1980s and early 1990s, helped by his admirer Clapton. Now 80 years old, Guy toured America as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour earlier this year and celebrated his last birthday at his own Chicago blues club Legends. Thunderbirds.