This Week’s Blues Birthday’s – July 29 – August 4
This week’s birthday’s include Buddy Guy, Otis Taylor, Robert Cray and Jerry Garcia. Be sure to check back next week for more blues birthdays!
George Guy AKA Buddy Guy: 7/30/1936
Ever since his beginnings in the late 1950’s, he has been an influential force of in the blues. While simultaneously known for the blues, he has been incredibly important to rock and roll. He forged his sound in the roots of Chicago’s blues while incorporating elements of other forms of music. Buddy Guy likes pushing the boundaries of his genre. Which he does with his use of distortion, soloing, and showmanship. His music directly influenced such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Slash, and John Mayer. Buddy Guy has also been awarded The National Medal of Arts, numerous Grammy Awards, and more W.C Handy (Blues Music) Awards than any other musician to date.
Otis Taylor: 7/30/1948
Celebrated blues and roots musician whose music focuses on harsh issues of life, poverty, racism to social injustice and murder. An adept guitarist and harpist, he has also made prolific use of the banjo, reasserting the instruments origins in traditional music.
Robert Cray: 8/1/1953
Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter who formed his own band in the late 70’s, which he followed with his solo career in the mid 80’s. Over the years he has worked with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, John Lee Hooker, and toured with Eric Clapton.
Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia 8/1/1942
Was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or “spokesman” of the group. One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects and contributed to a number of albums by other artists as a session musician. He was known for his distinctive guitar playing.
That’s it for this week’s “Blues Birthdays” for this week but be sure to check back next week to see who we pick.
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