Buddy Guy: the greatest blues guitarist alive!

May 19, 2012

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 - Day 2

Buddy Guy performs on stage. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

From a very early age, Buddy Guy knew he wanted to play music. His parents were sharecroppers in rural Louisiana and when they got electricity and bought a record player, his life-long passion was ignited.

The inspiration came in 1949 when he heard John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen.” He constructed all sorts of gadgets that resembled guitars until his father got him a weathered model with two strings for $4.35. It changed his life forever.

In his new book, “When I Left Home” Guy recounts his journey from rural poverty in Louisiana to the blues scene in Chicago. His career included gigs with the greats including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His memoir chronicles his life lived through music, his hard-earned success and the proliferation of blues music throughout the world.


Buddy Guy, author (with David Ritz) of “When I Left Home: My Story” (Da Capo Press)

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