6 Grammys, W.C. Handy Awards, National Medal of Arts
Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, Stone Crazy, Mustang Sally, Living Proof, Messin’ with the Kid
Buddy Guy started to play the guitar while growing up in Louisiana and developed a deep interest in jazz and blues. During the early fifties, he performed with different local bands. He got his first major break as part of the famous group Muddy Waters. Soon he landed a recording contract and came up with Hoodoo Man Blues in 1965. His first full-length studio album, I Left My Blues in San Francisco was released in 1967.
Success &Ups and Downs
Throughout the 1960s, Buddy Guy produced a number of successful albums both as a part of the Muddy Waters as well as a solo artist. He also performed in a variety of live shows and music festivals and developed a reputation of an active performer. His career slowed down after the 60s due to the popularity of other genres. However he kept on releasing new albums and preserved Blues among Soul and Rock.
Career Revival and Peak
With the start of the 80s, his career revived and he released one after the other successful records. Albums like DJ Play My Blues, Buddy Guy, and Atlantic Blues: Chicago marked some of the early music accomplishments of the decade and established him among the strong names in the industry. He rose to fame with the release of his 1988 album, Breaking Out which earned him widespread critical and commercial acclaim. The start of the 90s proved to be very promising for Guy as he won his first Grammy for the album Dam Right, I’ve Got the Blues. The album spawned various hits such as Mustang Sally, Doin’ What I Like Best and Too Broke To Spend The Night. Feels Like Rain and Slippin’ In earned him two more Grammy Awards in a row. In the following years, he hit the road and extensively toured around the world. The wonderful 90s’ decade came to a close with his acclaimed compilation album, titled Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy. The start of the new century brought more critical and commercial successes along. His 2001 album, Sweet Tea was nominated for a Grammy Award. ‘Blues Singer’, released in 2003, won him another Grammy Award for the ‘Best Traditional Blues Album’. In the following years, Buddy Guy bagged a number of awards and honors for his significant contribution to the genre.
Coinciding consistent touring with recording, Buddy Guy released Living Proof in 2010 which won him his latest Grammy. His newest album, Rhythm and Blues came out in July 2013 and received positive reviews for his fresh musicality and ingenious sound. Hits from the album include Best in Town, One Day Away and Messin’ with the Kid. Guy is currently on his latest tour and is hitting multiple venues throughout the country besides regularly performing at his Buddy Guy’s Legends club. Buddy Guy tickets are among the most sought after event tickets of the season. Featuring his impassioned singing and irresistible deep sound, his live concerts give the audiences an ultimate Blues experience. So don’t miss out any of his live concert taking place at your nearest venue.