You damn right, I’ve got the blues

Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues

From my head down to my shoes.

Great to see Buddy Guy in front of a huge audience while some old soak interrupted her fights with incoherent attempts at singing song songs at Glastonbury. He doesn’t half look in good nick for a bloke who’ll be 72 at the end of the month.

Buddy was there with the three Kings – Albert, B.B. & Freddie – and Otis Rush as the first artists that got me into the blues but I neglected to include him when I did my “Three Kings” series of posts (part 1, part 2, part 3).

When looking back at the tape of the TV program “Twang, Bang, Kerang” there was a cracking clip of Buddy from the 60s, ripping it with his Guild Starfire IV

Straight after on the tape was a gig with Clapton and Buddy at Ronnie Scott’s from 1987 that was broadcast on the “South Bank Show”, thankfully I’d edited out Melvin and his smug adenoids.

So time for some classic Buddy…

Buddy also does a bit of quiet acoustic stuff…

And you can’t forget the great stuff he did with the legendary harp player Junior Wells.

When Jimi Hendrix is worshipping at the feet of a player, learning all his tricks, it says a lot…

Buddy’s recordings “A Man And The Blues”, or “The Complete Vanguard Recordings”, “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues”, “Blues Singer” and his albums with Junior Wells “Hoodoo Man Blues” and “Drinkin’ TNT ‘n’ Smokin’ Dynamite” are must haves.

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