Roy Buchanan passed away on August 14, 1988, well before I had the opportunity to see him play live. Thanks to YouTube, we all have another chance to see his true genius in action.
This may be the best high-quality video of Roy’s performance we will ever see.
It was recorded live on November 15, 1976 by New West Records in association with Austin City Limits. I found the video on YouTube and have been mesmerized with it for days.
Here is the Track List:
1. Roy’s Blues
2. Soul Dressing
3. Sweet Dreams
4. Hey Joe
5. The Messiah Will Come Again
Roy was a blues musician. He did not just play his guitar, he made music with his guitar. He was a pioneer of the Telecaster sound, both a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career and two later solo albums that made it on to the Billboard chart.
Despite never having achieved stardom (as we would define it today), he is still considered a highly influential guitar player and one of the all-time greats. Guitar Player magazine praised him as one of the “50 Greatest Tones of all Time. After watching this video about 50 times, I most certainly agree.
Unbelievable — starting at 5:40 he’s actually doing more with just three fingers than most players can do with two hands. And at the same time he’s scratching his nose and taking a long drink from a cup. Then he grins and yawns. What a showoff
-Comment from YouTube member: ericynot
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