Buddy Guy Still Got The Blues

(Gibson) He was a hero to everyone from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix. He played with nearly every major blues star of the last 70 years. And he's still tearing it down on a regular basis at his own club in Chicago. He is, of course, Buddy Guy and he sat down recently with ClashMusic to talk about the music that has coursed through his veins for 74 years.

"I played music no matter what," said Guy, as he looked back on his youth. "But I didn't look to make a career out of it, because I didn't think I was good enough. I played the guitar because of the love of music. I didn't see me making a decent living out of playing the guitar. I'm seventy-four-years-old now. Once, when I was fifteen-years-old, you couldn't reach out there and find a guitar player doing well like it is today, where some of these guitar players making millions of dollars. Wasn't no such thing as that."

He continued, "You look at Arthur Crudup and Lightnin' Hopkins and those fellas like T-Bone Walker: they was the ones who were playing the blues music then, and I imagine they would make enough to buy a bottle of wine or maybe get a hamburger or something like that, but they weren't going to no banks or nothing like that. I had the pleasure of meeting Lonnie Johnson I didn't meet Robert Johnson but I met Fred McDowell, Son House and those people like that, and I met them before they passed away, and they were just down in Mississippi playing for a drink on a weekend what they call a Saturday Night Fish Fry. I'm like saying I want to do that, because that's what I wanted to do. I didn't say one day I'd be talking to you and making a decent living out of playing my guitar." more on this story

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