Miami Pop Festival
David Kearney, and the borrower was none other than Jimi Hendrix.
The makings of a legend were all there in Guitar Shorty's childhood — his first teacher was his uncle Willie, who could take anything and make a song out of it, while his grandmother gifted him his first guitar. Soon, he was learning under a "short guy named Walsh", and performing with an 18-piece orchestra as a teen.
Being younger and shorter than the rest of the band earned him his moniker, and also his biggest lesson—"he told me that there is no master for a guitar. No one will master a guitar, you just learn as much as you can".
Which is why, despite having five decades of experience, 13 albums and thousands of performances, Guitar Shorty practices every day. Apart from having influenced Hendrix and Buddy Guy, he is also one of the few to have performed alongside greats such as BB King, T-Bone Walker and Ray Charles (he was just 16 when Charles hired him to be a part of his band), among others. Working with Charles for those two and a half years, were "some of the best years of his life" says the 74-year-old guitarist.
Miami Pop Festival [VINYL]
All Along the Watchtower / Voodoo Chile / Hey Joe / Crosstown Traffic [RARE]