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The Blues Don’t Lie: The Story of Buddy Guy

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George Buddy Guy, an 86-year-old American guitarist and singer, is keeping the blues alive in its purest form. In 1983, when word spread that blues legend Muddy Waters was dying, Buddy went to see him on his deathbed and recalls Muddy saying, “I ain’t sick, m*******er… just keep the blues alive.”

Buddy has been playing professionally since the mid-50s and recently released a blues album called “The Blues Don’t Lie” in 2022. Over his 70-plus years in the industry, he has won 8 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. His song “Stone Crazy” was ranked 78th on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time” list. Eric Clapton once said that Buddy is “without a doubt the best guitar player alive.”

Buddy is of average height but becomes the tallest man in the room when he steps on stage with his signature polka-dot Fender guitar. His live concert at the Mahindra Blues in Mumbai was a mesmerizing performance, showcasing his intensity, virtuosity, and incredible showmanship with the crowd.

Buddy has inspired many guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, and John Mayer. He is a symbol of beautiful music and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. In his acceptance speech, he succinctly said, “If you don’t think you have the blues, just keep living.” Buddy’s Legends Club in Chicago, his hometown, is considered a blues mecca.”

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