George "Buddy" Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan. At the age of 72, he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone as part of the magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs package. He has earned five Grammys, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.
Buddy was all of seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift guitar... a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mothers hairpins. It would be nearly a decade, however, before Buddy would own an actual guitar... a Harmony acoustic that now proudly sits on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It was September 25, 1957 when he boarded the 8:14 a.m. train in Hammond, Louisiana, arriving in Chicago just before midnight. Within months, Guy had taken up residency in Chicago's fabled 708 Club and the rest, as they say, is history. - All of us at Reunion Blues are honored to be associated with Buddy and the entire Buddy Guy band.