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If you’re seeing spots, it must be Buddy Guy onstage! Many consider Guy the living link between the electric blues and the blues-based rock and roll as we know it today. He’s considered a primary influence of such greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and after he played guitar with his teeth, so did Jimi Hendrix. Vaughan went so far as to say, “Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan.” The man’s impact on blues and rock is seismic. It’s hard to believe one early critic thought of his playing as “just noise.”
Guy’s playing is dynamic and unpredictable. He slows and speeds up within a song to convey drama and emotion, going from loud to soft, tender to fierce in a moment. He pioneered the use of feedback and distortion and his shows are theatrical and exciting. No two are the same. He’s won numerous Grammy awards for his recorded work and has played in the White House, even getting President Barack Obama to sing a bar or two of “Sweet Home Chicago.” He has as many awards for his contribution to music as there are spots on his guitar. He’s the real deal, the one, the only, Mr. Buddy Guy.