Buddy Guy to receive honor in Louisiana hometown

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy is set to be honored in his hometown of Lettsworth, Louisiana--where he was born in Pointe Coupee Parish--for his “achievements and contributions to the blues,” as The Advocate reports. 

The Buddy Guy Commemoration Ceremony--taking place on Saturday, Dec. 8--will include officials of both Louisiana and Mississippi declaring Dec. 8 Buddy Guy Day, as well as an unveiling of a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, dedicated to Guy. A portion of Louisiana Highway 418 that runs through Lettsworth will also gain the moniker Buddy Guy Way. The ceremony takes place at 15591 La. 418 in Lettsworth at 3:00 p.m.

Buddy Guy’s immense influence on music is difficult to measure. But some of the greatest guitar players who have ever lived--Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards and many more--have signaled how important he was to their playing. Guy’s influence even stretches to more contemporary players like John Mayer and James Bay, who have also cited the 82-year-old bluesman as an influence.

Buddy Guy is set to perform at the Paramount Theatre in Denver with another one of his disciples, Jimmie Vaughan, on April 2. You can find tickets on AXS by following this link.