George Thorogood and The Destroyers- The Destroyers fought their way to the top. They came out of Delaware in the '70s as a jarringly high-energy bunch (also featuring drummer Jeff Simon and...Expand
George Thorogood and The Destroyers- The Destroyers fought their way to the top. They came out of Delaware in the '70s as a jarringly high-energy bunch (also featuring drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Billy Blough) whose raucous, slide guitar-stoked, blues-rock takes on tunes by Chuck Berry, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and others helped land them a contract with Cambridge's Rounder Records. They had moved to Boston and cut their teeth in the city's blues circuit before their second album for Rounder, Move It On Over,'' struck big with the title track, an amped-up cover of a Hank Williams tune. They added a saxophonist (Hank Carter) and further fame came in the '80s through a signing to EMI Records, which released a series of gold records by the band. These included 1982's Bad to the Bone'' (the title track is Thorogood's best-known composition and its video became a staple on MTV) and 1988's Born to Be Bad,'' with the swaggering hit, You Talk Too Much.'' The '90s saw more hitmaking with 1993's Get a Haircut,'' from the album, Haircut.'' And albums followed into the new millennium with 2003's Ride 'Til I Die'' (on Eagle Records, which is also putting out his new disc, Hard Stuff'') and a 2004 Capitol compilation, Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock,'' which went gold and topped Billboard's blues chart for 60 weeks, while winning the magazine's award for blues record of the year. And still, Thorogood good-naturedly downplays his accomplishments. In 1970 I said, 'You ain't no genius, George.' You've got to figure out a way to do this with barely a high school education and no voice to speak of and some interesting chops on the guitar. But you've got to bullshit your way in there, man. I say this to the world: The Beatles did what they did, the rest of us played the blues.''
Buddy Guy - With his newest studio album, Living Proof, Guy takes a hard look back at a remarkable life. At age 76, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received 6 Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." In December 2012, Buddy Guy received a Kennedy Center Honor, the nation’s highest award for those who have influenced American culture through the arts, in a Washington DC ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Obama, along with fellow honorees David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin.
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