Happy Birthday Roy Buchanan!
Last Update: Sep 23, 2022
Hi WA Friends!
Today, let's celebrate the birthday of the late great Roy Buchanan! He died tragically in 1998 at only 48 years old.
In the image on the left in the header photo, he looks a little like Rob Reiner (the "Meat Head" in the TV show "All In The Family") without a beard, don't you think?
Roy is considered a master of the Telecaster (guitar) and was an awesome Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Country player.
He started out playing the steel guitar in a Country band and then switched to the 6-string guitar. He brought his lap steel technique into the world of guitar playing, and you can hear this very prominently in his unique style.
Roy's music influenced Danny Gatton, Gary Moore, David Gilmour, and Jeff Beck, to name a few! Jeff dedicated his rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" (Blow By Blow album) to Roy!
I'd recommend you start by listening to the albums "That's What I Am Here For," "When a Guitar Plays The Blues," and "Sweet Dreams."
Over the years, Roy left behind a massive discography of incredible music:
- Buch and the Snakestretchers, 1971
- Roy Buchanan, 1972
- Second Album, 1973
- That's What I Am Here For, 1973
- In the Beginning 1974
- A Street Called Straight, 1976
- Loading Zone, 1977
- You're Not Alone, 1978
- My Babe, 1980
- When a Guitar Plays the Blues, 1985
- Dancing on the Edge, 1986
- Hot Wires, 1987
- Live Stock, 1975
- Live in Japan, 1978
- Live: Charly Blues Legend, 1987
- Live in U.S.A. & Holland, 1991
- Roy Buchanan Live, 1999
- American Axe, 1974
- Live: Amazing Grace, 2009
- Live at Rockpalast, (rec. 1985) 2011
- Live from Austin, TX (rec. 1976) 2012
- Shredding the Blues: Live at My Father's Place, 2014
- Telemaster: Live in '75, 2017
- Live at Town Hall (rec. 1974), 2018
- The Best of Roy Buchanan, 1982
- The Early Years, 1989
- Sweet Dreams: The Anthology, 1992
- Guitar on Fire, 1993
- Malaguena, 1996
- Before And After, 1999
- Deluxe Edition: Roy Buchanan, 2001
- The Best of Roy Buchanan, 2002
- The Prophet , 2004
- The Definitive Collection, 2006
- Hi-Five: Roy Buchanan, 2007
- After Hours, 2016
You can also find two great video performances of Roy:
- Live From Austin Texas (Austin City Limits), 1976
- Live From Rockpalast, 1985
Keep On Rockin' 🤘
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