In a sneak peek video clip of the episode, Guy tells host Paul Shaffer about the first time he played John Lee Hooker’s hit “Boogie Chillen.” As the first song he ever learned to play, it made a profound impact on Guy as he went on to become one of the most celebrated blues guitarists in music history.
As a child, Guy worked out the riff while kicking back on a woodpile outside of his house. He told Shaffer, “When my fingers got locked on ‘Boogie Chillen’, I was dozin’ off to sleep. I woke up, I said, ‘I better not ever turn this loose, ‘cause I’ll never find this lick again!’”
He was so excited by what he’d done that he ventured off to find someone to play it for. “I walked six miles to let somebody know I found John Lee Hooker,” he shared.
Buddy Guy has been making music for over six decades since that unforgettable moment in his youth. Now 83, Guy continues to play to live audiences. He notably dropped his 18th studio album, The Blues Is Alive and Well, last year.
Part of the fun in Paul Shaffer’s show is that he frequently breaks out into spontaneous jams with his famous guests. Case-in-point is when Shaffer and Guy bust into a rendition of “Boogie Chillen” in the video clip.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has influenced scores of artists throughout his career including fellow guitar greats like Eric Clapton and John Mayer. Guy has performed with both of them through the years and it looks like there’s just no stopping this Louisiana native, Illinois resident music legend.
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