Obama honors musician Buddy Guy as 'one of last guardian of great American blues'

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Washington, Dec. 3 (ANI): President Barack Obama honored guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, praising him as 'one of the last guardians of the great American blues'.

At the Kennedy Center's honors gala at the State Department, Obama praised Guy for his ability to stay true to himself through his journey from rural Louisiana to the streets of Chicago.

"Success hasn't changed the humble country boy who used to milk cows on a farm outside Baton Rouge. Buddy tells a story about his son Greg wanting to learn to play the guitar like Prince. Buddy told him he'd better learn some Jimi Hendrix first," Obama said.

"It was only after watching a TV special on Hendrix that Greg found out Jimi had borrowed some licks from his dad. So Greg said, 'I didn't know you could play like that.' And Buddy said, 'You never asked,'" he added.

According to Politico, Obama also reminded the crowd of a lesser known achievement than pioneering the Chicago blues sound.

"Guy is one of the few musicians visiting the White House to get the president to sing. Guy, who owns the successful Chicago blues Club "Buddy Guy's Legends," has convinced the president to join in during a rendition of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," Obama said.

According to the report, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were also honored at the gala. (ANI)