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Buddy GUY (GUY Buddy)

( Guitarist)

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Blues is full of paradoxes, and the fact that most modern among the current bluesmen sixty, the experts not surprising. Although the species is unlikely to guess how old he is. Among the big-bellied king blues it - slender curly-haired guy in overalls with the name "Stratocaster", painted in a cheerful white polka dots.

Buddy Guy live in Flursmone (it's south of Chicago) with his wife and two youngest children, independent senior has already made his grandfather. Gold and platinum discs adorn a house Buddy Guy, along with three Grammy Award nominations for all his recent albums ... Award of the Century (Century Award) magazine "Billboard" ... Myriad awards blues academy behalf WCHandy ... "Stratocaster" signature model ... Page GUY.COM the Internet ... Autobiography, published in 1993 a book ... Most popular Chicago club "Buddy Guy's Legends" became a place of pilgrimage for tourists from around the world. They come in the "Windy City" as a mecca of blues, and sent to him as a keeper of blues Print. Have something to meet the 60-year anniversary!

. But if we imagine, . that holiday, . July 30, 1996, . when the guests dispersed, . hero of the day gathered around him offspring, . in order to tell them about life, . He talked about the moods and whims of fate and, . probably, . more about the everyday vicissitudes of, . than on rare goodness,
. Perhaps he recalled the conversation to his son five years ago, which he told the magazine "Guitar Player":

"My son wanted to learn to play guitar, but he did not even approached me, so I showed him how and what. Every time we got into the car, he cut in Prince (Prince). I told him: "Wonderful!" However, there are other guitarists? - "Type?" - "Hendrix to start!" In the end, the son of the primer on Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix) and dug up an interview in which Jimmy asks where he takes some of his moves. And he answers: from Buddy Guy. The next day the son comes and says: "Dad!" You have to show me how it is played. I did not know that you know how it. I thought that you just play the blues ". And I said to him: "So Hendrix - is also the blues". In general, I turned on the amplifier and ... Since then I have to bother with all his friends: he blabbed that "the old man in this case dragged".

All of today's youths, seeking to play the guitar (even if their idol is any imyarek in Lurex), know that Buddy Guy "dragged". Over the past five years, the name Guy regularly appears not only in guitar magazines, but also in the charts. And its current recognition seems to be simply a miracle: one time it seemed that he always remained a distant history of the Golden pores Chicago blues. Even the experts considered it departed either from business or in another world ...

Everything changed the album "Damn Right I Got The Blues" (yes, dammit, I have the blues) in 1991, which was preceded by 12 years without a studio records! What kind of awards and prizes there ... In an interview with "Rolling Stone", has withdrawn the day before the triumph of the album, Buddy Guy spoke about the failures of the club, the lack of touring, that it's time to retire ... Belated success? But Guy does not share his forty years on stage to succeed or fail. Since the early days these were the years of blues.

He picked up the guitar, not in order to bathe in the millions. This is now the boys can see that the guitar could open the way to the top of the world. When Buddy Guy was a kid, "stars" with guitars at the ready was not, and Frank Sinatra was the only one to whom music has brought a million girls and dollars. Where he was born and grew up Buddy Guy, the guitar was a companion for life. Sometimes - a way to live, without any hard work on cotton plantations. But more often - pure love. His children's attraction to the guitar nothing else like love at first sight, Guy can not explain.

He was born July 30, 1936. Ros on a plantation in Louisiana, in the little house, like a matchbox, increased by human growth. Four thin walls between the flat roof and the floor on the ground, thrown on the table under the plain sky faded from the sun. In his childhood, there were no plates, no radio or even electricity. But boy scrutinized Free posyltorgovskie catalogs, in which, except for jeans and packaged cereals, advertise and guitar. Then Buddy plunge pickets in an empty jar from the kerosene and tied to her fishing line, stretched from the window mosquito nets. "And we have mosquitoes in Louisiana are - tells Buddy Guy - could drag the dog in the woods".

Poverty in the house was indescribable. One turned out to harvest, and were able to live a year without incurring debts. Then the father Buddy have some uncles bought her son beaten guitar - for $ 2. Then Buddy and learned to bind broken strings - was not new money to buy. On his guitar were the strings with three or four knots. And, as he tried to restrain himself - starting to play, forget about everything. And once again tore the strings. How to tear them to this day, pulling blues music, staying young.

Shock was the appearance in the home radio, as well as the appearance in the near village Laytnina Sliema (Lightnin 'Slim). Radio has opened a new world of electric blues. If there was no rain, . on medium waves could catch blues transmission, . which led Uillyamzon Sonny Boy (Sonny Boy Williamson) or BiBiKing (BBKing): "When I first saw Laytnina Sliema with electric guitar, . I wanted to come and pull the wire, . because thought, . a joke,
. It was Sunday, in the Louisiana sun was setting. And here comes this guy, connects to a small guitar amps, looked like a radio. I think: "What is it, what the hell?" He starts playing "Boogie Chillen", and I think: "So that's why it is so sound, but, in my opinion, the guitar should not be so loud".

Nobody taught Buddy Guy. There were no musicians among his relatives or acquaintances, as there was in the district music school. At the farm, he was alone with his guitar, which has always lacked the strings (he replaced them with wire). At age 14, he heard on the radio hit "Boogie Chillen" John Lee Hooker (John Lee Hooker). Guy started to look for this firm hukerovsky sound throughout the guitar - brothers and sisters eventually kicked him out of the house, so he Donja their own intense, but fruitless attempts. Once he sat on the street, or dozing, or in poluotklyuchke. Suddenly, the fingers themselves feel a hukerovskuyu formula. And he kept repeating this simple figure of two or three hours to memorize tightly. He was afraid that if you forget again, did not find. Who could know that you can "burn" music?

Once on the mound he was strumming on his beaten trehstrunke, passing by a man. He stood and listened. He said: "Tomorrow be here, buy you a guitar". And do not lie, the next day took Guy to the store, he chose the guitar - "Harmony", Acoustics for $ 55. Man paid the purchase. And disappeared. Strangers often appeared in the life of bluesman, in its critical points.

"The parents told him:" Of course, learn to play. But do not forget that you need to walk to school, if you want to become a doctor or a lawyer - then do not have to struggle to survive ". At first pickup, he saved his money, half different neighbors goods from a grocery store.

Buddy Guy now does not drink, but never did not particularly fond of ... But double treat drinking played the role of starter in his career. Schoolboy Guy has quite decently played blues Hooker, Laytnina Hopkins (Lightnin 'Hopkins) and T-Bone Walker (T-Bone Walker). But this was known only to close friends: he was too shy to speak to strangers. Thanks to one of the school friends - he was almost forcibly dragged Guy into the local club and podpoil so that he could hardly remember when he came onstage and sang. Surprisingly, the owner of the club offered him a permanent job. At first he spoke, his back to the public. Guy admitted that only the lack of competition has helped him keep the job, while using the whiskey he had not learned to overcome fear of public.

But it was unprofessional debut. Guy worked on the farm on weekends perk allows you to buy the plates, which he diligently studied. Persistence, coupled with a love of music has brought to fruition. Guy becomes a local celebrity, writes for a local studio a couple of songs and in 1957 to conquer Chicago.

"It was my third day in Chicago - says the actor, - I wanted only one thing: to get a coin, call mom and ask to send me money for a return ticket. I had a guitar, but how would I go hungry, the guitar I'm not selling. Then I stopped the man on the street and looking at the guitar, and asked whether I could play the blues. And he added that if I sing to him, he would buy me a drink. Instead of drinking, I asked for a sandwich. He said: "I feed you will not, and pour - pour".

On an empty stomach bedolagu Guy Pronyaev so that he played a stranger all the songs I knew, then and a couple more ". The man decided that it is not wasted on the feast, and brought Buddy Guy in some club, asking him to release the owner Guy on stage. On stage he worked Otis Rush.

As Buddy Guy - drunk and hungry - has played that night, he did not remember. However, after the concert at the door of the club was waiting for a huge Cadillac. Another type of authoritative stranger handed him a pack of sandwiches. Learning, . that the benefactor's name is Muddy Waters (blues by Guy knew by heart, . but the author, . course, . never seen), . Guy made some genuine courtesy, . like: "If you - Muddy Waters, . then I do not need food, . I am more than well-fed and happy! "Muddy Waters so zvezdanul Guy on the back, . that from the whole hops flew (and these slaps remembers many bluesmen second generation), . and said: "I'm not buying this garbage,
. Come TROWELS! "

It turns out, someone called from the club Muddy Waters, said that the city came to a new guy who's worth listening to. Such too were the days in Chicago: everywhere you go "guitar duel", everyone was interested in the new, and the views of authorities, such as Willie Dixon (Willie Dixon), or Muddy Waters, waited all. Muddy And, of course, not lazy, came. And he knew that a newcomer from the South in Chicago, the first thing needed sandwiches. Muddy Waters made a Guy for the night, and then secured work as an accompanying musician in the studio company "Chess". The following year, Guy has already recorded on the company "Artistic" two singles.

But the main thing - he met the brothers on the blues: "After I saw these guys at the concert, I said to myself: forget it, I knew. As they played! I looked at Guitar Slim, which he arranged the show! But his game has been compared to playing Otis Rush (Otis Rush), Magic Sam (Magic Sam) or Earl Hooker (Earl Hooker). Listening to them, I realized that we must learn anew. They sat in a chair and played the guitar as you need to play. Then many played sitting. Many listened to the blues. Few people danced, but in places like "Club 708" there were no dance floor. There has always been the police.

And you just sit down and listen to those who have not played there. Forty minutes of play, twenty hours off - it was the demand for union. But to truly begin to cut one's way into hip-hop, or Muddy, when they go on break. And hurried time: faster, twenty minutes pass so I could see Muddy. At that time we were all much closer together than they are now. I could not go to sleep when the night somewhere playing Otis. Only because of what I might have missed his speech, or Muddy, and Earl Hooker, when he worked as a concert. Conversely, during my speech I saw in the hall Magic Sam, Freddie King (Freddy King) or hip-hop. We just went one after another. Through this I learned more than he knew! Now the young go to concerts, thinking that everything they know. I would advise you to listen to a closer. I really helped that I was a good listener ".

It is Buddy Guy start talking about those times, he can not stop, recalling his youth: "I went around the city in hopes of finding where the playing of Muddy, Wolf (Howlin 'Wolf) or Walter (Little Walter). I often could not reach them, because in every third house was a tavern, which has played a team of three people, and they sounded so good that I stopped to listen. Jazz, blues, whatever. At the time of entry was free. Conditioners in these bars was not, and in summer the doors were wide open: you could hear from far. Good guitar players were very much. Most of these guys never became famous. Some washed it down, others married. And a family, earning one dollar a night ... Three years I did not notice the weekend, because the bars have worked through the night and were always full.

And on Sunday afternoon we had a guitar "battle". They are arranged in many clubs, with a bottle of whiskey as a prize. But whoever won, he himself rarely get more sips, because there were around your friends, they have ached for you ... I, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Luther Allison (Luther Allison) - we are all "fighting". But from time to time approached Muddy or other. And then "jam" ended - everyone was listening to the teacher. After these guys I did not want to open mouth. Even when they spoke, their speech sounded like singing ".

House of Chicago blues was at that time the company "Chess Records", created for the amusement of a black Chicago labor Chess brothers, children of Jewish emigrants from Slovakia and Poland. Like everything in blues woven of contradictions, and its relationship with the Chess Buddy Guy remembers with gratitude and ... bitterness. Chess gave him the opportunity to rapidly enter the elite of the blues. Guy played in ensembles Howlin 'Wolf, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Uillyamzona. Sam Willie Dixon, the godfather of Chicago blues and A & R company, has provided his studio work and took a European tour of the legendary program "American Folk Blues Festival" (AFBF).

"On" Chess "was not what was called" studio ensemble ". Usually you rang in the middle of the night, because someone needed a rhythm guitar. On the record (now classic) "Killing Floor" Howlin 'Wolf raised me at six. When I arrived, someone sleepily nabormotal my ear motif - and everything went Record. It was enough that I had goose bumps ran down the back of one mind that I am on record with Muddy or Wolf, or Walter, Sonny Boehm and others, as these. Music then was a great love, and not much money ".

The first real album for Buddy Guy was "Folk Singer" Muddy Waters, in the record which he participated. By that time has passed the first decade of the triumphal march of the planet electric guitar, and intellectuals have longed to return to the source:

. "Leonard Chess Muddy phoned and said that students falls for acoustic blues, calling him a" folk "(folk blues), and quickly need something like that
. Chess wanted to Muddy immediately went to Mississippi and found someone from the elders, who knew how to play it. Muddy said: "is written tomorrow. The next day in the studio began to Leonard calls me last words: "You, ****, naff! And Muddy told them to shut up and listen. After all, it was the blues, which I learned first of all! I still remember how Leonard was standing behind the glass studio with a protruding jaw.

On the "Chess" was written on all four tracks. Something that could impose, but we do not particularly enjoy this. Mainly recorded playing together. Muddy usually sat in the corner, and hear what he sang, it was impossible: they had to feel it. The only "treatment" was a razor. If somewhere someone "slazhal", a place cut. If the song was obtained for a longish sorokopyatki, cut off solo. In "Stone Crazy" I played a long solo. At the plate he was not! I was then, probably, 23 were ".

Buddy Guy searching for your style. He played twist and Hali-Gali. His rhythm and blues numbers reminiscent of Johnny Guitar Watson (Johnny Guitar Watson) and James Brown (James Brown), in the slow themes he walked in the footsteps of BB King. Only furious, choking on the excess energy drive suggests that in the future is waiting for more.

In general, the blues ahead of time. Modernizing tradition, burdening the rhythm and blues musicians were experimenting with sound, first to use the feedback effects (feedback) and distortion (distortion), preparing the ground for rock music. And, they say, the blues while he dug his own grave, as it has been before with rock and roll. Then the old blues wondered: "What is new?" We're playing this music all my life, just before she was called "boogie-woogie!" However, the plate with a rock 'n' roll sold, but with bugivugi - no.

In that rock was replaced by the blues as a leader, too, can see the objective reasons - they say, inevitable change of fashion. But the blues on the threshold of the 60's was not slow development! And in retrospect, it should be noted, . that the second half of the 60's in Chicago, has formed a group of young musicians, . promoted music, . for which were characterized by: weighted rhythm, . complicated song form, . detailed guitar improvisation using all available time of tricks,
. Just the qualities that will determine the rock arsenal! In this group, Buddy Guy was the youngest, were leading - Otis Rush and Magic Sam. On the album Magic Sam's "West Side Soul", recorded in 1967, all direction is called "Westside Blues".

Chess Brothers, which is obliged to Chicago blues to so many, are guilty to some extent in his sunset. They say they are not too versed in music, but the intuition enabled them to gather around his company the best of the best in blues 40-50-ies. Chess overlooked the beginning of a new phase, as more young Chicago company with all the enthusiasm did not have sufficient pressure from business and capital.

"Chess is not much released, but promised. Years went by, recording lay ... I am eight years trying to sell them a distorted sound with the effect of "distortion", which later became popular in England. They said that this noise will not buy ... "

When in 1965, together with the AFBF Buddy Guy was in England, where there was just a blues boom, he learned about the "noisy" Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. In Europe, young people took it very well. Performing eccentric those years was in keeping with handwriting Buddy Guy. He was a past master playing the guitar and drum sticks, and handkerchief, and putting it on his neck ... He wandered around the room, by connecting a long guitar cord - a trick he picked up a guitar Sliema. And adored by removing the volume to almost zero, muttering verse for verse, while the audience did not start to pull the neck, so at least something to hear. It was then that Guy cut in sound to the whole and atomic chord smeared on the wall of the public

. But the tour ends, . and Guy returned to the on duty guitarist in the studio company "Chess", . and to feed his family, . moonlighting at a construction site: "One day, Dick Waterman, . Manager Bonnie Raitt (Bonnie Raitt), . I said: "unloading trucks, . You can easily lose a finger and then there is not going to play the guitar ",
. I replied: "Well, so what?" We must feed the family, and now, guitarists do not pay ".

Waterman yet persuaded Guy to go on the Canadian Blues Festival. Applause 30-thousand audience convinced him. Toward the close of the 60's Buddy Guy released on the "Vanguard" disc "A Man And The Blues" concert and "This Is Buddy Guy". Guy presents the established performer, . balancing already mentioned components: rhythm and blues Johnny Guitar Watson, . slow improvisation with a light jazz flavor a la BB King and fiery soul James Brown in a special style, . more restrained in temperament, . than his earlier records, . and much more refined in improvisation,
. On the album there are specific songs from the repertoire of each of the stellar trio. But accusations of imitating BB King had a reason - a thin ligature musical, expressive phrases constituted trade mark BB King. However, the notes juicy inherent guitar "Gibson, Guy learned to play the instrument with a completely different character.

His choice, he explains the most prosaic reason: "First" Strutt "I saw more in Louisiana, when we played Guitar Slim. In Chicago, I saw that Otis, Magic Sam and Freddie King play on it. It was the guitar for us, in comparison with those on which played Muddy and Son House (Son House). They played on acoustics, many pickup installed on your acoustic guitar. Elmore James (Elmore James), for example, continued to play the guitar with a very large body. First of all I liked the sound "Stratocaster". I also discovered that if you drop it on him or something to damage it remains whole. For that, I love him even more. Because often I had coffer. I could barely afford new strings, and a new guitar and was not able to allow. At that time I slept with his guitar. It could steal only with me! "So, Buddy Guy coped with the incredible task - he reproduced the sound of the best in blues guitar maestro gibsonovskoy to" Stratocaster ". Like BB King, Guy could not learn to play slide, and tried to come up with something as close as possible to the sound: he pulls the "band" strings "shaking" the note so that it is not clear, he has his finger on the slide or not.

Judging from the 60's albums, as bluesman Buddy Guy has matured enough that, with the obvious influences, to play his own, and not someone else's blues. And let for innovation these plates yield more striking to his contemporaries, yet in the top ten blues albums late 60's, they certainly are.

Meanwhile Chessie "swung" to release a collection of his sorokopyatok "Stone Crazy". The programs are composed of tandem AFBF Buddy Guy from Chicago harmonica maestro, a veteran blyuzbenda Muddy Waters Junior Wells (Junior Wells). Gay "after staying" guitarist on albums by Wells for firms "Vanguard" and "Delmark". (Special argue, what - "HooDoo Man Blues" or "South Side Blues Jam" - better, but one some of them necessarily known as among the most important blues works 60-x). Guy and Wells decided to act together: the duo of harmonica and guitar blues honored tradition of the twentieth century. Buddy Guy came to his personal style, has found a faithful ally in the older companion - here to work and work, but ...

"The great success of twisted to my personal life to such an extent that I could not walk the streets of Chicago to meet with people who were so kind to me, or play for the children of my district. Look at James Brown: how it is linked with success on the arms and legs, as it is difficult to break. No, I did not want ".

His application was heard. Beginning of the 70 th, the darkest blues for the waiting time and survival ... Superstar helped, as could. Eric Clapton, gathered his group of musicians with New Orleans pianist Dr. John (Doctor John), produced their next album. But by writing two-thirds of the material, Clapton ratvorilsya a heroin haze. And the completion of the project patronize white blyuzrokovy J. GEILS BAND. The result - "Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play The Blues" - is not pleased anyone: the musicians are not played enough, buyers were not satisfied, manufactured by "Atlantic" is no longer considered itself bound blues. I was glad radeshenka-sell the rights to reprint the company "Rhino / Atco". In 1972 Guy released the latest record "Hold That Plain" at the bankrupt soon "Vanguard". But in connection with the circulation of a hair, it passed unnoticed, although it is more interesting than the labored Star Project.

ROLLING STONES invited Buddy Guy and Junior Wells' opening concert of their world tour, and bassist Bill Wyman (Bill Wyman) 28 June 1974 came out with a duet on stage with renowned jazz festival in Montreux. In his speech and writing involved pianist Payntop Perkinz (Pinetop Perkins), the patriarch of Chicago blues, a companion of Muddy Waters. Producer of the live album "Drinkin 'T'n't Smokin' Dynamite" was Wyman. More solid than the studio, the album presents some brilliant numbers such as "Ten Years Ago", epic-lyrical ballads Buddy Guy on 10 minutes with a hook. Although there blues sounded dignified manner, and the disc has received the most favorable reviews in major media ...

Of course, the public ignored the 70's blues. But part of the blame - for the victims. Bluesman issue is not his best work, . and where is the reason, . and where the investigation? Despite some bright spots, . the whole albums and Guy, . and Wells, this time a penny is not worth close to the passionate devotion of their own work the second half of the 60's,
. And reached a succession of club tour. Over the clamor of new entertainment trends blues seemed forgotten forever ..

. In 1979, . Being in France, with its ensemble, . where the second guitar played by his brother Phil Guy, . and drums - in the famous blues Ray "Killer" Allison, . Buddy Guy recorded a strong album with the title "The Blues Giant" (Blues giant), . that while there was none, and to challenge - so depopulated blues world,
. In 1981, he was re-released the company "Alligator", entitled "Stone Crazy", which was confusing discography. Experience and confidence are marred by despair, the musician, and that this work will not be heard. As a result - snatch-scale "ballads" and a spring funk, brilliant illogicality improvisation, almost painful bravado ekstsentiriki and ... is the most favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan Buddy Guy record. Not having a brilliant harmony improvisation Vaughn, music album is strikingly similar to vonovskomu blues.

Next stop at the studio - also during the French tour, two years later. Almost unique at the time the draft of the acoustic guitar and harmonica duo on the themes of classic Delta blues and the endless boogie of John Lee Hooker - hopeless in a commercial for the company. "Alone & Acoustic" is also reprinted by enthusiasts of "Alligator", and what was saved from oblivion. Today, this album - a necessary step in the formation of each, are seriously considering the blues. Everything here - at half-tones and undertones, but emotions ...

Squander on an expedited another 10 years of club performances. However, they were not in vain. Buddy Guy was a frequent guest of the Austin blues clubs, where (for reasons of economy) could come without their group, because Texans know by heart all the classic blues repertoire. So Guy met and became friends with Stevie Reyem Vaughan and members of his DOUBLE TROUBLE.

For those who stay the course, sooner or later begins to blow a fair wind. And on the eve of the last decade of the twentieth century, after a long calm, the wind in the music world changed. Album John Lee Hooker "The Healer" in 1989 was a milestone, celebrated the return of interest in the blues. As always, in the crisis years for help addressed to the classics. Hooker and more pop Bonnie Raitt triumphantly left the ceremony awarding the Grammy. Their success opened the way for other blyuzmenam. By then cured Clapton, staged at London's Royal Albert Hall in the evening, demonstrating the diversity of their talents with dzhazrokovym combos, symphony orchestra and blues Band. Blues at Clapton is good, but, in my opinion, deflating. And, apparently, to wit, he was summoned to the scene homespun blues musicians from the plow

. In the first series of concerts, Clapton invited a pianist Johnnie Johnson (Johnny Johnson), recording almost all of Chuck Berry's hits (MV4/1996), Robert Kreya (Robert Cray) and Buddy Guy: "Clapton took us to London by plane and we were in the same hotel
. And at seven o'clock in the morning - the call: "I - Johnny Johnson. I say: "I'm waiting, do not wait until we get acquainted". He said: "Maybe have lunch together?" I say: "Excellent. Just popped in the shower, and after half an hour's meet at the bottom ... He came, opened the suitcase and took out a pint of "Crown Royal". I say: "Oh, no!. I had long since it does not eat breakfast ". And he laughed. He himself had long ago does not drink ". It met two teetotalers bluesman.

Of course, Clapton's concerts were marked by social events, where partying musical know with nouveau riche Showbiz. With glasses of champagne and hands in the pockets of little men swam to Buddy Guy, so secular state that he plays brilliantly, but when he finally will please their studio album. And in their turn, one man asked seriously: why is he famous albums Buddy Guy does not reflect the passionate improvisation of his concerts? That was the representative of the British company "Silvertone", who are concerned about the veterans of the American blues. He said: "When I'm on stage, I am responsible for all. In the studio with me someone else.

I have a tendency to be suspended. I would long to correct and say: "Either let me make my opinion or not at all". On this album, I got more freedom. And he told me a lot more like ". Autonomy granted to Guy, in conjunction with the tutelage of studio in the performance of his wishes have given excellent results

. Finally, a disk, . which Buddy Guy played the owner: "We already finished recording, . When asked, . if I have something else? I said: "YES, . Dammit, . I HAVE A BLUES! "And this guy came up to me and said:" That's the name for the plate ",

"Damn Right, I've Got The Blues" - brilliantly balanced album. The ideal ratio of classics, familiar tunes in a new filing, with the news. Ideal ratio of fast and slow numbers. Buddy Guy in command, but in the pop-press plate goes through a modest contribution to mega-stars: Clapton and Mark Knopfler (Mark Knopfler). Lovers of British blues pleases powerful solo by Jeff Beck in the unforgettable "Mustang Sally", and the hearts of admirers of a more traditional direction heats part of the legendary trio of copper "Memphis Horns". Opens the album stark blues riffs song Buddy Guy with the name, which should be the maxim: "Yes, damn it, I have the blues!". Completes his instrumental thing: "Rememberin 'Stevie", dedication Stevie Ray Vonu (Stevie Ray Vaughan), following the spirit of his finely theme "Riviera Paradise", but not repeating a single note. The album was doomed to success. But the scale of success exceeded all expectations.

Of course, the Grammy in the blues category, awards U.K. Handy ... But his "golden" status and place in the top ten albums on both sides of the Atlantic proved to be a surprise! It was not a success - a triumph. Burst a dam, for which luck Badia Guy piled up back two decades. Plates "Feels Like Rain" (1991) and "Slippin 'In" (1994), though not so successful in commercial terms, in the creative - they are worthy of continued. There are no names for the pop media, but there are old friends: Ray Allison (Ray "Killer" Allison), Britons Paul Rogers (Paul Rodgers) and John Meyell (John Mayall), the remnants of LITTLE FEAT, Bonnie Raitt (Bonnie Raitt) and Group DOUBLE TROUBLE.

The live album "Live! The Real Deal" is written with the participation of all of the same Johnny Johnson. The most "young" song on the disc - "Damn Right, I've Got The Blues" - five years ago. Rest - blues classics, mostly written by him earlier. Buddy Guy - like a fish in water, he was in his element. Bluesman in the juice, in the prime of life - and the blues sounds free and easy. Perhaps fans of the pathetic "gashes" reproached the plate into a peaceful and comfortable. Add to these two words more, and "virtuosity" - and here are three main, in my view, the dignity of records. Why conflict - Buddy Guy at his home. By the way, literally: the plate is written in his Chicago club.

"As I fought for that club has worked all these years. Now things are going well. But I understand why so little is left of these clubs. My main goal - to the young a chance, as he was to me and to Muddy, and Stephen. I hope that one day about some very talented guy will say - it opened in the club Buddy Guy ".

On Mondays, the club scene is open to all comers. However, the musicians under 21 years may attend the club only when accompanied by parents. From distant touring Buddy Guy returns to the club. And to old friends: "I have a friend is much older than me. They are retired, give them God's health. And when I'm not on tour, they call in the morning. They will not rest. I then get up, drink coffee and read the newspaper. I love to read. I cook delicious food. They say that I cook better than playing. All my children also love my food. Then I do something in the yard. Well, then I'm going to town, collecting old men. Buy them a beer and sit, listening. They remind me of times when I ran around Chicago, playing "Boogie Chillen". "Listen, you son of a bitch - they say to me - we remember how you and those two could not play. And then we hear you! "

And again, as much as to frighten away again luck, Buddy Guy Turns old bagpipe: "Sometimes artists become so popular that they have to retire. Believe me, I never wanted to be so. Simply put, I would have started thinking about how to stop playing! I would have missed people ".

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