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Guy is a celebrated Chicago blues legend and widely considered one of the best blues guitarists alive, garnering admiration from Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others.
His guitar technique could be described as incendiary.
Watch a performance below of “Damn Right, I Got the Blues” from Guitar Center Sessions.
Guy is also largely responsible for expanding the audience idea that blues music is just “sad” songs.
One of his famous anecdotes:
“Once I was checking into a hotel, and a couple saw my ring with ‘blues’ on it. They said, ‘You play blues. That music is so sad.’ I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterward and said, ‘You didn’t play one sad song.'”
Guy was ranked No. 30 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and, as a house guitarist for the Chess label, can be heard on hits like “Killing Floor” by Howlin’ Wolf and “Wang Dang Doodle” by Koko Taylor.
A winner of six Grammys, Guy is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was awarded a National Medal of Arts and 23 W.C. Handy Awards, more than any other artist.
His 2013 release, “Rhythm & Blues,” is his 27th album. The two discs feature guests like Kid Rock, Beth Hart, Keith Urban, Joe Perry and Gary Clark Jr.