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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 03:53 PM
Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. He is noted for his use of note bending, volume swells, staccato runs, and pinch harmonics. Buchanan was a pioneer of the Telecaster sound.


Roy Buchanan - Peter Gunn Theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToFoHHXdBoM

Roy Buchanan - Green Onions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY2Z0juP-ag

Roy Buchanan - Walk Dont Run
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc6ePrq-7Ts

Roy Buchanan - Sweet Dreams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOptDDU3rOo

Roy Buchanan - The Messiah will come again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On5372UztI0

Roy Buchanan - Blues Shuffle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z4hEjbA5Dc

Roy Buchanan - Wayfaring Pilgrim
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI18-BeVzMI

Roy Buchanan - Hey Joe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0pUl5f8wwA

Roy Buchanan - Foxy Lady
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpZRkk5jZTk

Roy Buchanan & Albert Collins - Further On Down The Road
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp4BlGXwSew

Roy Buchanan - Beer Drinkin' Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIb5bBUnII0

Roy Buchanan/Nils Lofgren-Shotgun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PTMkBwFcmw

Dale Hawkins/Roy Buchanan-My Babe-1957
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTUaEY8tDdY

Roy Buchanan-1(Jerry Garcia,Merle Haggard,Bill Graham talk)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbP6f1K3tAI











Roy Buchanan's musical career began in Pixley, California. His father was a sharecropper (not a Pentecostal preacher as Buchanan himself had claimed). Buchanan told how his first musical memories were of racially-mixed revival meetings his family would attend. "Gospel," he recalled, "that's how I first got into black music". He in fact drew upon many disparate influences while learning to play his instrument (although he later claimed his aptitude was derived from being "half-wolf"). He initially showed talent on the steel guitar before switching to the standard instrument in the early 50's.

In 1957, Buchanan made his recording debut, playing the solo on Dale Hawkins' "My Babe" for Chicago's Chess Records. Three years later, Buchanan headed north to Canada, where he took charge of the guitar role in Ronnie Hawkins' band (a group later to gain fame as The Band). The group's guitar player, Robbie Robertson, studied guitar under Buchanan, and took over the lead guitar spot when Buchanan left the group.

The early 60's found Buchanan performing numerous gigs as a sideman with multiple rock bands, and cutting a number of sessions as guitarist with musicians such as Freddy Cannon and Merle Kilgore.

Buchanan's 1962 recording with drummer Bobby Gregg, "Potato Peeler", first introduced the trademark Buchanan pinch harmonics. An effort to cash in on the British Invasion caught Buchanan with the 'British Walkers'. In the mid-'60's, Buchanan settled down in the Washington, DC area, playing as a sideman before starting his own groups. One of these groups was called The Snakestretchers, an allusion to Buchanan's disdain for the vagaries of the band experience. The Snakestretchers became a semi-permanent combo for Buchanan starting in this period, with whom he made his first acclaimed recording as a front man. Danny Gatton was another respected Telecaster master who lived in Washington, D.C. at that time. Both musicians gained reputations as under-appreciated guitarists.

In 1971, riding on word-of-mouth reputation that included praise from John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Merle Haggard, and an alleged invitation to join the Rolling Stones, Buchanan gained national notoriety as the result of an hour-long Public broadcasting television documentary. Entitled "The Best Unknown Guitarist In The World", the show rejuvenated a contract with Polydor and began a decade of national and international touring. He recorded five albums for Polydor (one went gold) and three for Atlantic Records (one gold), while playing most major rock concert halls and festivals. Finally, Buchanan quit recording in 1981, vowing never to enter a studio again unless he could record his own music his own way.

Four years later, Buchanan was coaxed back into the studio by Alligator Records. His first album for Alligator, When a Guitar Plays The Blues, was released in the spring of 1985. It was the first time he was given total artistic freedom in the studio. It was also his first true blues album. Fans quickly responded, and the album entered Billboard's pop charts and remained on the charts for 13 weeks. Music critics, as well as fans, applauded Roy's efforts with favorable reviews.

His second Alligator LP, Dancing on the Edge, was released in the fall of 1986. The album, featuring three songs with special guest, rock'n'soul vocalist Delbert McClinton, won the College Media Journal Award for Best Blues Album of 1986.

He released the twelfth LP of his career and his third for Alligator, Hot Wires, in 1987. In addition to Donald Kinsey (formerly with Albert King and Bob Marley), keyboardist Stan Szelest, and Larry Exum (bass) and Morris Jennings (drums), this album includes guest vocals by veteran soul singer Johnny Sayles and blues singer Kanika Kress.

Buchanan used a number of guitars throughout his career, although he was most often associated with a 1953 Telecaster guitar he named 'Nancy', which he used to produce his trebly signature tone. Rarely did Buchanan utilize 'stomp boxes' although later live performances utilized a digital delay. The 'sound' of Buchanan is essentially a Telecaster to an overdriven Fender amp on 10.

Buchanan taught himself many guitar styles, including the 'chicken pickin' style. He sometimes used his thumb nail rather than a plectrum and also employed it to augment his index finger and plectrum. Holding his thumb at a certain angle, Buchanan was able to hit the string and then partially mute it, suppressing lower overtones and exposing the harmonics, a technique now known as 'pinch harmonics'. Buchanan had the ability to execute pinch harmonics on command, and could mute individual strings with free right-hand fingers while picking or pinching others.

Having first trained as a lap steel guitarist, Buchanan would often imitate its effect and bend strings to the required pitch, rather than starting on the desired note. This was particularly notable in his approach to using double and triple stops. Staccato hammer-on/offs and volume/tone knob sound effects were also used by Buchanan.

Buchanan honed his live technique through many years of playing dance halls and bars. Buchanan played Carnegie Hall several times, and is perhaps the only lead guitarist to have consistently headlined there for over 15 years.

Buchanan encouraged a tradition of 'roots' performances that grew out of country, blues, and especially rock and roll. He often stuck around long after shows to talk with loyal fans. Many live CDs were released after his death.

Buchanan's long-standing alcohol and substance problems seemed to worsen with time, culminating on August 14th ,1988, when Buchanan was arrested for public intoxication.[citation needed] Several hours later Buchanan was found hanging in his cell, in the Fairfax County Jail, by his own shirt. His cause of death was officially recorded as suicide, a finding disputed by some of Buchanan's friends and family.[citation needed]

Roy's musical career took him from underground club gigs in the sixties and seventies to national television, gold record sales, and worldwide tours in the eighties with the likes of Lonnie Mack, the Allman Brothers, Willie Nile.

Even posthumously, he has the respect of many guitarists and a large number of fans, particularly for his unique sound. Buchanan was noted for the ability to get 'wah wah' and 'violin swell' effects from his Telecaster by use of the instrument's knobs and plectrum. Finally, he was a pioneer in the use of pinch harmonics, and some of rock's most notable guitarists acknowledge Buchanan's mastery of the technique.

British guitar legend Jeff Beck dedicated the song "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" to Buchanan in 1975 on his landmark album Blow by Blow.

In 2006, the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Departed by Martin Scorsese, ends with Buchanan's soulful instrumental treatment of the Don Gibson country music classic, "Sweet Dreams," as the credits begin to roll.

Discography

* Buch & The Snakestretchers, 1971, BOYA
* Roy Buchanan and the Snakestretchers, 1972, BOYA
* Roy Buchanan, 1972, Polydor
* Second Album, 1973, Polydor
* That's What I Am Here For, 1974, Polydor
* In the Beginning, 1974, Polydor
* Live Stock, 1975, Polydor
* Rescue Me, 1975, Polydor
* Street Called Straight, 1976, Atlantic
* Loading Zone, 1977, Atlantic
* Live in U.S.A. & Holland 77-85 - Silver Shadow CD 9104
* You're Not Alone, 1978, Atlantic
* Live in Japan - 1977 (Rel 1978) Polydor MPF 1105
* My Babe, 1981, AJK
* When a Guitar Plays the Blues, 1985, Alligator
* Live - Charly Blues Legend vol. 9 85-87 - Charly Schallplatten GMBH - CBL 758*
* Dancing on the Edge, 1986, Alligator
* Hot Wires, 1987, Alligator
* Early Years, 1989, Krazy Kat
* Sweet Dreams: The Anthology, 1992, Polydor
* Guitar on Fire: Atlantic Sessions, 1993, Rhino
* Charly Blues Masterworks: Roy Buchanan Live, 1999, RedX entertainment
* Deluxe Edition: Roy Buchanan, 2001, Alligator
* 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Roy Buchanan, 2002, Polydor
* American Axe: Live In 1974 [Live], 2003, Powerhouse Records
* The Prophet - Unreleased First Album,2004, Hip-O Select/Polydor
* Live,2006,Charly Records
* The Definitive Collection ,2006,Polydor
* Rhino Hi-Five : Roy Buchanan,2007,Rhino Atlantic











 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 03:56 PM
thanks for the videos...particularly the 1 with Albert Collins
 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 04:27 PM
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thanks for the videos...particularly the 1 with Albert Collins



Your Welcome, Gotta have something to do to keep me occupied.

I'm enjoying these myself, never took much time to get into Roy. Got a Anthology type CD. He was very good on that Guitar.

 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 05:27 PM
I got to check out roy live a year before he left us, [at toads place in new haven ct.] and ill never forget how great he was.
 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 05:10 PM
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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 06:51 PM
l really miss Roy. l was able to see him many times. Once he was on the same bill
Rory Gallagher.

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 08:44 PM
There's a VHS tape I have with Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack and Roy live at Carnegie Hall titled "Further on Down the Road" taped 12/05/85. You can still pick these up on ebay.
 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 10:53 PM
Nice tribute to an under the radar great guitarist. "Livestock" is one of my all time favorite live albums. Got to see him a few times in the late 70's in western Pa.
 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 11:00 PM
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There's a VHS tape I have with Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack and Roy live at Carnegie Hall titled "Further on Down the Road" taped 12/05/85. You can still pick these up on ebay.
That sounds VERY sweet.

 

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There's a VHS tape I have with Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack and Roy live at Carnegie Hall titled "Further on Down the Road" taped 12/05/85. You can still pick these up on ebay.
That sounds VERY sweet.
Actually I think it is this one.
It has Lonnie on it too.

Roy Buchanan & Albert Collins - Further On Down The Road
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp4BlGXwSew

 

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Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.
We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
Brother against brother....

 
 


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