Blues pioneer hero Buddy Guy has been given The National Guitar Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is the fifth recipient of the award, following David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards in 2010, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds in 2011, BB King in 2012 and Vic Flick in 2013.
Guy launched his career in 1957 when he burst on to the Chicago blues scene and in his 60 years playing, he has won three Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
HP Newquist, the executive director of The National Guitar Museum, says: “Buddy Guy is the most important link between blues guitar and rock and roll. 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 honoured to recognise Buddy’s contribution to the guitar with this award.”