Throwback Thursday: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy 1998This week for Throwback Thursday, WERS is playing a set from blues guitar legend Buddy Guy in honor of his 77th birthday and his newly released album Rhythm & Blues.

Buddy Guy was born and raised in Lettsworth, Louisiana and began learning how to play guitar at a very early age. He began learning on a simple two string makeshift guitar he made himself before he was given a Harmony acoustic guitar. Guy played around Baton Rouge for a bit before moving to Chicago in 1957, it was here where he fell under the spell of Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. Buddy Guy’s early career was held back due to business choices made by Chess Records. Even though Guy was signed to Chess from 1959-1968, he only released one album and was mainly used as a session musician. Buddy Guy’s career took a  severe dip in the late 1960s, but soon returned with greater force during the blues revival of the late 1980s and early 1990s with the help of Eric Clapton. He requested that Guy play and be a part of the ’24 Nights’ all-star blues guitar lineup at London’s Royal Albert Hall and soon Guy was signed to Silvertone Records. Now 52 years into his career Buddy Guy released a new album this week titled Rhythm & Blues. Buddy Guy showcases the very best of the Chicago style of blues with the help from an array of guest collaborators like Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., and members of Aerosmith.

Celebrate the life of Buddy Guy and his newly released album with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS!

By Blaise Fritsche

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