Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy sits down with award-winning newsman Dan Rather to discuss his prolific career in the next all-new installment of “The Big Interview,” which airs Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV.
In a sneak peek clip of the episode (see above), Guy talks about the first song he ever learned to play on the guitar, while living on the levee at the Mississippi River. His eyes light up when Rather says, “Tell me about Boogey Chillin’.” Guy quickly replies, “First thing I ever learned to play by myself …”
Guy is widely-regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. Coming up in the Chicago Blues music scene, the Louisiana native was heavily influenced by Muddy Waters. He speaks with excitement about hearing John Lee Hooker’s hit song and suddenly finding out he could play it, as he was laying back on the grass along the levee.
“…my fingers got locked, and I heard me sound like I had found that ‘Boogie Chillen’… I walked to everybody I knew—and in the country, that was a long ways—and I said, ‘Look what I found! Look what I found!’,” Guy told Rather.
Buddy Guy has lots to talk about with Rather, having forged a career which spans over six decades. He’s worked with some of the biggest fellow artists in music history including fellow guitar giants like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many more. He’s a seven-time Grammy winner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame inductee. In 2012, he was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
Now 82, Guy continues to release new music. His most recent album, The Blues is Alive and Well, dropped this summer on June 15. The record features collaborations with James Bay, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards.
Tune into “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 to learn more about living blues guitar legend Buddy Guy at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV.