The musical Genre of blues has been around since the start of the 20th Century although it was not defined as well. Blues became very popular during the 1950's and although for about two decades, other genres took over, in the late 1980's blues emerged again as a popular genre. If some of the biggest names in blues music were highlighted, Buddy Guy would be one of them. George Guy, better known as Buddy Guy, is one of the greatest blues guitarist that ever existed on this planet. He has carved his name in stone in the world of blues. The world acknowledged his great contribution to blues music in March, 2005 by placing his name permanently in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has a unique style of playing and a very different sound to his music and is loved by blues fans everywhere.
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Buddy Guy is specially known for his contribution towards creating a bridge between traditional blues and rock music and laying the foundation for blues-rock music. Born on 30th July 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana, Buddy Guy got his fingers accustomed to playing a guitar on a two string didley bow which he made himself. Later on he was provided with an Acoustic guitar which he donated to the Hall of Fame. Although the genre that Buddy plays is called Chicago Blues, his music has a different sound and his style is very personal. He had to face some rough times during the first few years of his career as a musician because record companies (Chess Records) would not let him record albums declaring his music as 'noise'. Who was to know that the 'noise' he made was going to earn Buddy Guy a title in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The real blow to his career came when blues as a genre faced a decline with other types of music coming out stronger. People who were heavily influenced by Buddy Guy excelled more than Buddy himself. However, as earlier mentioned, with the blues coming back in fashion in the late 80's and early 90's, Buddy rose to fame again. Buddy Guy was influenced by bands and musicians like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He managed to add his own personal touch to blues without meddling with the true roots of blues. A competition (which Buddy won) in which he was put up against Magic Sam and Otis Rush helped him sign his first record deal in 1958. Chess records held Buddy Guy back till 1957, when his first album called 'Left my Blues in San Francisco' was released. Buddy has released over two dozen albums over his career with the most recent one in 2009 called 'The Definitive Buddy Guy'.
Buddy Guy's appearance at the '24 Nights' all-star blues guitar lineup at London's Royal Albert Hall earned him a record deal with Silvertone Records. The first album that he recorded with Silvertone Records, that helped him strengthen his career and won him a Grammy and various other awards was called 'Damn Right, Ive got the Blues' and it came out in 1991. Infact, the two other albums that he released with Silvertone records also earned Grammys. He has won a total of 5 Grammy's altogether so far. Buddy Guy
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Buddy Guy wants his fans to 'feel' the blues and that is exactly what he does performing live. The crowd becomes so involved in his music that they forget about everything else. Buddy once said, "If you don't think you have the blues, just keep living". So for him, blues was an essential part of his life. If you haven't "had the blues" with Buddy so far in life, or you just love the experience of watching Buddy Guy doing his thing with the guitar on-stage right in front of you, you will find no better opportunity than getting Cheap Buddy Guy Tickets
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