He’s been called the greatest guitarist no one has ever heard of. Well, I certainly did and on two separate occasions I was honored to have seen him in concert. Both times at the old Stanley Theater in downtown Pittsbugh. The last time, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown opened the show (circa 1979). A double treat. I loved Roy Buchanan, I loved his mastery of the guitar, particularly the Telecaster. He was a pioneer of the sound of the Fender Telecaster, and he brought out sounds that no one else could. When Roy played, his audience was thick with other guitarists, especially in the music scene around Washington DC where he played primarily. That alone speaks to the respect he got from his peers. Roy toured the country as well, playing all over and influencing so many up and coming guitarists. The list of guitar players that Roy has either had an effect on, or simply played with, is extensive, and impressive. He paid his dues during the 50’s playing in pickup bands, playing with Dale and Ronnie Hawkins and what would become the core of the Band… Robbie Robertson/Levon Helm. He also played with Freddy Cannon, Merle Kilgore and the Danny Denver Band. His first solo single was Mule Train Stomp, released in 1961. Roy died mysteriously in a Fairfax County jail, from what was described by the police as an “apparent suicide”… those who knew Roy Buchanan are certainly divided about the circumstances of his death. Fortunately for us, he has left behind a treasure trove of great guitar pickin’ music. If you claim to be a serious guitarist, and are not aware of Roy Buchanan, I have to seriously question that claim. I never picked up the guitar. I am a great admirer of guitar players. But, I have had a close personal relationship with Roy’s recorded tracks. Regrettably, I never got the opportunity to meet the man. Stop back and look for this special podcast… I will announce when it is ready for listening/downloading.
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