One of the acts at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival was George "Buddy" Guy, a great American blues legend who is still going strong at 75. NY1’s George Whipple filed the following report.
Arts Brookfield presented on Wednesday and Thursday the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, right on the water outside the World Financial Center in Manhattan's Financial District. One of the acts is perhaps the greatest bluesman alive, the 75-year-old Chicago bluesman George “Buddy” Guy.
George Whipple: Is it the blues that keeps you young?
Buddy Guy: I think the blues got a lot to do with it, but I keep sore eyes looking at young, beautiful, good-looking women. As a matter of fact, people in general, man. You know I've dedicated my life to music and in a few minutes when I go to the stage, I forget who I am. I just want to see who I am makin' smile.
Whipple: How did you get the president of the United States to come up and sing with you?
Guy: He made this little speech and went to step off and I had seen him at the Apollo Theater doin' an Al Green thing. I said, “Wait a minute, Mr. President, you started something, you got to keep it up." And he came back and me and B.B. [King] kind of coached him in and he come up and did a little, which is great, you know, cause that's a long way to go, from pickin' cotton without a machine to the White House.
The guitarist and blues singer has influenced practically every rock musician out there. He discussed meeting Jimi Hendrix.
"He told me that he had cancer and he had to come see me 'cause he had never saw me play before but he had heard about it and what a guitar player, man. He was so creative, you know, so I'm blessed to have met him and jammed a little bit with him before he passed away,” Guy says.
Brookfield Properties sponsored the concert at the World Financial Center but there are many other concerts that they sponsor throughout the year and many other people sponsor, so get out and enjoy the tunes.