Roy Buchanan left home in 1956 with his guitar and a dream, as rock 'n' roll grabbed America. For the next 30 years he traveled the country, soaking up influences and melding blues, country, jazz, and rock like no player before or since. He preferred to play clubs, yet he reached Carnegie Hall. He is said to have spurned an offer to play for the Rolling Stones. he rebuffed Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. Hailed as the genius to succeed Jimi Hendrix, he seemed disinterested. A contradictory soul, his astonishing technique and emotive powers came with a fear of fame.
Take a road trip from America's gritty roadhouses to the spotlit concert stage with author Phil Carson as he traces his subject across the decades, from the 1950s to the 1980s. The cast draws on the biggest names in pop music and legions of unknown musicians. This is the bittersweet story of an enigmatic journeyman who cannot be separated from the American popular culture in which we live.
(Book). Roy Buchanan was a "guitarist's guitarist" who shunned fame for a musical odyssey on America's roadhouse circuit with his battered Telecaster melding blues, country, jazz and rock like no player before or since. This is a compelling road trip through the gritty world of honky tonks and beer joints where this enigmatic journeyman preferred to play. Readers meet the biggest names in pop music and legions of unknowns along the way, from the dawn of rock 'n' roll to Buchanan's puzzling death in 1988. "We just sat there aghast ... It was some of the best playing I've ever heard ... He defied all the laws of verse-chorus-verse and just blazed." Jeff Beck "Roy was one of the creators in the pioneering of unusual sounds. It seemed as though I was hearing them come first from Roy Buchanan." Les Paul