Wins Top Honors at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards


Grammy-Winning Silvertone Artist Buddy Guy was named Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year and his Blues Singer CD was selected Blues Album and Acoustic Blues Album of the Year at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards presented Thursday, April 29th by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

This makes Buddy the recipient of 21 Handy Awards, more than any other single artist.

Buddy Guy is currently touring in support of Grammy Award winning Blues Singer with backing band Double Trouble.

Buddy also co-headlined the "Holiday Blues Review" shows at New York's Irving Plaza with John Mayer and Double Trouble in December 2003.

Buddy Guy is an internationally renowned blues guitarist, singer and showman who is considered the master of Chicago-style electric blues. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he has received five Grammy Awards, and a Billboard Century Award. The Chicago's blued king has influenced rock guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton. He is also the proprietor of Buddy Guy's Legends, a blues nightclub in downtown Chicago established in 1989.

2003 was an amazing year for Buddy whose new acoustic CD Blues Singer was released on June 3rd to rave reviews. Buddy Guy was the recipient of the 2003 Medal of Arts, which was presented by President George W. Bush in November, 2003. The Medal of Arts, established by Congress in 1984, is awarded by the President to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the creation, growth and support in the arts in the United States.

Buddy Guy was also honored by the Recording Academy's Chicago Heroes Award on November 6, 2003. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow gave a short call of musicians Buddy Guy has performed with, as well as the guitarists he inspired, such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. "Buddy is a living example of excellence: a thrilling instrumentalist, a soulful singer, and a peerless stage performer," Portnow said.

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