Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Roy's Bluz

Roy Buchanan
1975, Polydor
produced by Jay Reich Jr

Roy Buchanan - guitars, vocals
Billy Price - vocals
John Harrison - bass
Byrd Foster - drums
Malcom Lukens - keyboards

Roy Buchanan is the best and most tragic guitar player no one ever heard of.  A master of the telecaster, his sound is unique and astounding.  This album is live, as its name suggests, and is a must listen for anyone curious about this particular guitarist.  Buchanan battled with alcoholism, and ended up hanging himself in jail after an arrest for public intoxication.  Details are pretty sketchy.  He was 48.  His guitar playing has been called a clinic; gritty, beautiful tonality.  This is certainly someone that deserves to be better known.  Oh, and he named his guitar Nancy.  If you enjoy the blues as much as I do, this is a must listen.  

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