Buddy Guy To Get Americana Lifetime Achievement Award

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2018) – The Americana Music Association has named Buddy Guy as its 2018 Americana Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for Instrumentalist. The honour will be presented to Buddy at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards which will be held Wednesday, September 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

A seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy has forged an unparalleled career path of his own, beginning at the crossroads of golden-era Chicago blues and searing rock ‘n’ roll flair. From his early days of playing the blues guitar on countless Chess Records sessions with Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters to his own award-winning recordings like “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues” and “Born to Play Guitar,” the 81-year-old icon has cemented his place in history with his signature flavor of blues and definitive artistry.

“Buddy Guy’s incomparable musical craftsmanship has been lovingly shared with us over the years,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association®. “As a community who reveres and honors groundbreaking artists and their work, we are humbled to present Buddy with this Lifetime Achievement honor in recognition and thanks for his musical and artistic contribution.”

For over six decades, Buddy has been responsible for preserving the blues genre while also fostering its future, impacting distinguished guitarists who have followed, ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to John Mayer.

His upcoming release, the aptly titled The Blues is Alive and Well, (June 15) will feature Mick Jagger, James Bay and more, while further reinforcing why Rolling Stone has named him among their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Buddy will be presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist during the Americana Music Association’s® 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards, which includes six member-voted annual awards as well as several top Lifetime Achievement honors. This announcement follows the unveiling of the critically acclaimed event’s nominees including Artist of the Year contenders Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and John Prine — click here for a full list of this year’s nominations. The prestigious ceremony celebrates pioneering mainstays and trailblazing newcomers as the hallmark of AMERICANAFEST® week, taking place September 11-16 in Nashville, TN.

A blues visionary who needs no introduction – but here are 6 things you should know about this year’s first announced Lifetime Achievement honoree.
  • Buddy is a seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
  • He has played blues guitar on countless sessions with Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.
  • Buddy has forged an unparalleled career path of his own, beginning at the crossroads of golden-era Chicago blues and searing rock ‘n’ roll flair.
  • With award-winning albums like “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues” and “Born to Play Guitar,” the 81-year-old icon has cemented his place in history with his signature flavor of blues and definitive artistry.
  • For over six decades, Buddy has been responsible for preserving the blues genre while also fostering its future, impacting distinguished guitarists who have followed, ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to John Mayer.
  • His upcoming release, the aptly titled “The Blues is Alive and Well,” (out June 15) will feature Mick Jagger, James Bay and more, while further reinforcing why Rolling Stone has named him among their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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