Grits Ain’t Groceries - Buddy Whittington & Mouse Mayes at the 2016 KNON Blues Festival
Grits Ain’t Groceries - Performed by Buddy Whittington & Mouse Mayes at the 2016 KNON Blues Festival - Poor David’s Pub — Dallas, Texas
Buddy Whittington (Guitar & Vocals), Mouse Mayes (Guitar & Vocals), Wayne Sixx (Bass), Mike Gage (Drums)
The sounds from the golden era of electric blues are being played right now, today on the 1963 Stratocaster of veteran bluesman Buddy Whittington. You can feel his heavy southern rock influences with every note his guitar sings. The great Buddy Whittington is one of the most remarkable guitar players from the south, and has been part of legendary acts, the most notable being John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, as well as with his own group, The Sidemen.
The music was an important part of his life since childhood: being around radio and TV shows that featured many famous country artists of that time, Buddy was expanding his mind with a wide variety of musical influences. He even drew from western swing music thanks to his parents, big fans of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, as well as from his sister’s wide-ranging rock and roll collection which contained music from Elvis, Buddy Holly, British invasion bands and classic rhythm and blues greats.
Buddy has been an active guitar player since he was a teenager, being part of bands like Short Change, which became an opening act for a band he would later join: Point Blank, another popular southern rock act from Texas with hits like 1981’s, Nicole. His guitar playing style took him towards different grades of success during the following years after having the opportunity to join the Bluesbreakers.
It was thanks to the efforts of Jerry Thompson, the former manager of the Dallas Alley complex, that Buddy Whittington got to play with the Bluesbreakers. Buddy’s personal project, The Sidemen, was booked several times to play as an opening for John Mayall, and when guitarist Coco Montoya decided to pursue a solo career in 1993, John asked for Buddy’s contact information and the rest is history. That was the beginning of a 15 year musical relationship in which Buddy was part of the band he admired as a teenager.
There are some remarkable tracks from Buddy and the Bluesbreakers that are worth mentioning: Blues For The Lost Days, Padlock on the Blues, Tough Times Ahead, Along for the Ride and The Mists of Time. Buddy’s playing style is a combination of classic blues rock and the steady beat of southern rock, adding a singular flavor to his own musical personality, in which he has also found his own voice as a songwriter! But clearly, Buddy’s loyalty and heart will always remain with the blues.
He has released two solo albums: Buddy Whittington (2007) and Six String Svengali (2011).
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