The National GUITAR Museum announced that Buddy Guy, the pioneering electric blues guitarist who influenced a generation of rock guitarists, is the recipient of its “Lifetime Achievement” Award for 2014.
Buddy is the fifth recipient of the award, following David “Honeyboy” Edwards in 2010, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds in 2011, B.B. King in 2012, and “James Bond" guitarist Vic Flick in 2013.
Guy's work spans more than a half century of electric music, beginning with his arrival on the Chicago blues scene in 1957. “Buddy Guy is the most important link between blues guitar and rock and roll,” says HP Newquist, the executive director of The National GUITAR Museum. “The raw and aggressive style of playing he developed onstage and in studios directly influenced Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Only a handful of guitarists in history have had that kind of effect on guitar playing. We’re honored to recognize Buddy's contribution to the guitar with this award.”
Guy’s contribution to the guitar hasn’t slowed down — even after 60 years of playing. He has won three Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and last year released his autobiography, When I Left Home. He still tours across the United States several times a year and regularly performs at his own Chicago blues club, Legends.