View Full Version : Homenaje a Roy

02-25-2010, 08:43 AM
Homage for Roy Buchanan (1939-1988)
I´ve been loading music onto my iPhone and came across a couple of albums that I hadn´t heard in years. I loaded them up and haven´t been able to stop listening. I´ve watched and listened to everything on YouTube I could find. Yea, I guess I´ve gotten obsessed with this guy´s music. :cool:

If you want more detail, you can always head to Wiki. Buchanan was described as the “best unknown guitarist in the world.” He normally used no pedals or gadgets—it was just him and his ´53 Telecaster. And, wow, how that guitar could cry. He was invited to replace Brian Jones with the Stones and said, “I don´t want to be the next casualty.” He was asked to join John Lennon´s Plastic Ono Band, but in a studio session passed out over the studio console. Like many a musician, he had serious problems with alcohol and substance abuse. In 1988, he was arrested for drunk driving and hanged himself in his jail cell (or so the police report says). Shortly before, he´d said that he was now on the straight road—but apparently that road only went for a few blocks. What a waste at 48 years.

I´ve put in four links if you have any interest (don´t be put off by his voice; it just serves to mark the pauses between his playing). :) They´re all from a live performance in 1976. Love the organ player´s rig--used to have one very much like.

“The Messiah Will Come Again”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deeBQZ8Aklc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deeBQZ8Aklc&feature=related)
“Sweet Dreams”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swX9oq6TVAU&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swX9oq6TVAU&NR=1)
“Roy´s Bluz”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOIL5OqvYs&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOIL5OqvYs&feature=related)
“Hey Joe”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMcjPZgK9GM&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMcjPZgK9GM&feature=related)

Purely digital decadence here. Ran the photo through a filter and then painted over it. And boy it was fun! :D

02-25-2010, 08:53 AM
That's wonderful Scott!!
I love the way you manipulated the negative space and invoked such an intense form with such minimal lines!!!

02-25-2010, 09:26 AM
Thanks fly! Appreciate your taking the time to look and comment!

02-25-2010, 09:53 AM
Howdy Scott! Glad to see you back! I will definitely be bookmarking those videos to listen to. I'm really digging the style you have going here, its so minimal yet it maintains a ton of expression :)

02-25-2010, 10:00 AM
Thanks so much Alan!

02-25-2010, 10:19 AM
Such an interesting and touching story. So many tragedies with musicians through time. Beautifully painted tribute Scott. I look forward to listening to his music.

02-25-2010, 10:41 AM

02-25-2010, 11:00 AM
Thanks Alexandra and Mannafig! I hope you get a chance to listen to the music.

02-25-2010, 12:35 PM
At about 4:40 of his solo on Hey Joe, Roy is no longer playing blues licks on a guitar, he's channeling pure emotion. Thanks for posting this -- I had not thought about Roy or listened to him since the early 80's. He certainly warrants a new listen.

L Skylar Brown
02-25-2010, 12:40 PM
Your Treatment of the visual is Excellent! One of my faves of his is "Sweet dreams", which you have linked here. There is a cut with Chet Atkins and Buchanan live that is really cool.

02-25-2010, 12:55 PM
Holey cripes! How did this guy fall between the cracks? Nice find Scott and amazing stuff.
I always loved drumming to the blues. It's contradictorilly amazing how much can be explored within the confines of the predictability of the 1 4 5, 12 bar chord structure.

02-25-2010, 01:49 PM
Scott, what a beautiful painting, very nice and very well done. Now, you need to repeat this success with Miles. Roy is fantastic, great music, and thank you for the links.:) Muito bonita esta homenagem caro amigo.

02-25-2010, 06:17 PM
One great artwork for one great guitar player!

02-25-2010, 09:37 PM
Marvellous coloured silhouette of this great artist! Also a new promising way to go too as a style ...

Peter Pinckney
02-25-2010, 11:51 PM
I remember the first time I heard him.............I still feel the same now.

Brilliant painting Scott of the thinking man's Jimi!


02-26-2010, 03:58 AM
I find this a very moving painting Scott well done:)

02-26-2010, 04:51 AM
SOOOO well done Scott! I love it!

02-26-2010, 07:30 AM
Thanks to you all for taking the time to look and comment! It means a lot. I hope you got a chance to enjoy some of that fine guitar playing.

02-26-2010, 08:33 AM
Thanks Scott for bringing this musician to our attention... didn't know him at all... but he deserved a lot of my and others attention i am sure.
Listening to his music, his soul must have been so vast and deep that he couldn't find himself in it...so he was playing out this lament or joy . i hope that in his death he finaly found the piece. Very touching story and music as well. Thanks once again.

Your picture portrays him as he was.... very nicely done, in whatever way it was achieved.

02-26-2010, 08:47 AM

Again :Dyou provide us with Love and Soul and memories and even a discovery of someone we should have known well!:rolleyes:

Thanks for sharing this!:eek:

02-27-2010, 03:35 AM
Thanks so much AT-TA and Bobbyray!

02-27-2010, 04:39 AM
Wonderful stuff, Scott.. Both the art and the music..

02-28-2010, 02:03 AM
Scott, dit i tell you how much you rock..? :):):):p:):):)

Good job Sir..



02-28-2010, 03:27 AM
Thanks Rick and Weeks for taking the time to look!

02-28-2010, 04:43 AM
Wow Scott. Fantastic painting.Thanks for the links too. :)

03-01-2010, 03:12 AM
very nice indeed.......

03-01-2010, 04:03 AM
And I thank you for your kind comments Belvrog and jonwood!

03-01-2010, 10:11 AM
Hey this looks really good ScottF, I like the song "The Messiah will come again." Awesome job!

03-01-2010, 10:18 AM
Great work Scott,very nice style.:)

03-01-2010, 10:33 AM
Wonderful work, dear Scott!!!

03-01-2010, 11:14 AM
Sorry to bring this to the top again, but when someone takes the time to comment they deserve a response.

Evart and SCP, many thanks for your comments!

Damaso: so good to know you and yours are okay!