October 20, 2005
Roy Buchanan played some of the most emotionally intense electric guitar ever. Although his glory days are generally considered to be the ’70s, Buchanan’s career spanned all the way back to the ’50s, when he played with Dale Hawkins of “Suzy Q” fame. Buchanan’s raw, restless tone, and ability to slay—using equal parts tenderness and face-melting shards of notes delivered with blowtorch Tele-tones—had a major influence on Jeff Beck and Danny Gatton. Another Buchanan apostle is GP consulting editor, Jim Campilongo. “I owe my very guitar existence to him,” says Campilongo who, in-between putting the finishing touches on his new, Russ Titleman-produced record, chimed in on Buchanan’s recorded legacy.