I am hesitant to refer to anyone in their field of study as “an unknown,” – no matter if it’s in reference to a painter, director, or guitarist. But in many circles, when the late Roy Buchanan’s name is dropped, he is reverently referred to as just such: one of the great “unknown” blues guitarists. Sure, to those of us who sit around and nerd around about this stuff he is an icon, but let’s not kid ourselves – the name Roy Buchanan isn’t household a la Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn or B.B. King. But again, to those of us who sit around and nerd about this stuff, there is a powerful argument that it very well should be.
Recorded at Town Hall in New York City on November 27, 1974, Live Stock presents Buchanan at a very high point in his career, captured here – over the course of seven tracks – for posterity.