Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival took place this past Friday and Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, this year's lineup included Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray and Vince Gill.
Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival kicks off tonight at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The two-night festival, which continues Saturday night, is the culmination of Clapton's Old Sock US tour, which kicked off March 14. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent people. The Festival is presented by Chase.
At last December's Kennedy Center Honors event, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart performed "I'd Rather Go Blind" in tribute to Buddy Guy. That performance — which you can check out in the video below — will be included in Hart's new album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, which will be released April 2 by Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group.
Some have called him a future guitar god, and with good reason. At age 21, Tyler Bryant's resume already reads like a guitarist who's been performing for a long time. Before he had even reached the legal voting age, Bryant was awarded the Robert Johnson Foundation’s New Generation Award and was chosen by Eric Clapton to play at his Crossroads Guitar Festival.
I recently performed at B.B. King Blues Club on 42nd Street in New York City. The band was well-rehearsed; the staff fed us well and poured red wine (and Red Bull) down our gullets, treating us like the swell blokes we are. Our friends were there, plus lots of strangers. The sound crew did a great job. We even had chord charts right there in front of us. Yet we all made careless mistakes here and there.
The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, December 26, on CBS. And while honorees Led Zeppelin are garnering the most headlines out of the event, blues guitar great Buddy Guy also was honored.