By Steve Newton
So I figured maybe it was time to treat that particular group of Ear of Newt readers–the ones who really know their shit when it comes to mindboggling but relatively overlooked players –to a similar blast from the past.
Back in April of 1988 I did my second and final interview with the great Roy Buchanan, who had actually been a huge influence on Gatton–as well as another of my other fave pickers, Jeff Beck, who dedicated “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” to him on Blow By Blow.
Like Gatton, Buchanan was a master of the Telecaster, technically scary and soulful as hell, effortlessly blending blues, jazz, country, rock, and rockabilly stylings.
And also like Gatton–who committed suicide at 49–he lived with a lot of demons. Buchanan only made it to 48, dying in a Virginia jail cell after a domestic dispute and arrest for public drunkenness. He was found hanged by his own shirt, although bruising on his body caused family and friends to suspect police brutality rather than suicide as the cause of death.
Whatever happened in Fairfax County lockup that awful night, just four months earlier, when I called him at his Virginia home, Roy sounded quite positive. He’d just gotten back from shooting a video at the Crossroads Nightclub in Maryland to promote his new Bluesmaster signature guitar, which he was excited about.
David Gilmour and Roy Buchanan trading licks? Now that I’d like to see.
Have a listen: