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.