Buddy Guy, 2008. Photo by Tom Beetz
Before getting into the song, I need to thank Cincinnati Babyhead for recommending Buddy Guy to me. I borrowed two albums from the library and have listened to one of them so far, “Born to Play Guitar.” The whole album is full of great tunes, but this one, written by Buddy Guy and Tom Hambridge, struck me just right. The story and the way Buddy plays and sings it is juuuuuuust right. Looking at the breakdown of the musicians on this album I see Doyle Bramhall II plays on it also (along with a bunch of other great musicians.)
“Crying out of One Eye,” is an idiom I hadn’t heard before but oh is there anyone who doesn’t get what is meant by it? As another old gold song sings, “Everybody plays the fool sometimes.” I feel sorry for the guy but I’m glad he has the savvy to see what’s going on.
Now about a musician I didn’t know even a few short days ago, but one who I am totally bowled over by, Mr. Buddy Guy!
George “Buddy” Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues who has influenced generations of guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a session guitarist at Chess Records and began a musical partnership with blues harp virtuoso Junior Wells. His popularity did not go mainstream until his promotion by major rock stars finally took hold in the late 1980s.
Guy was ranked 23rd in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” His song “Stone Crazy” was ranked 78th in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.” Clapton once described him as “the best guitar player alive.” In 1999, Guy wrote the book Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues, with Donald Wilcock. His autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, was published in 2012.