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Playing the blues. Fifteen-year old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan and his mentor the legendary Buddy Guy lay down the licks.
A boy picks up a guitar when he’s 3 years old. Twelve years later, he’s onstage at Madison Square Garden. Quinn Sullivan. now 15, playing the blues, hanging with the likes of BB King, Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers, mentored by blues legend Buddy Guy, likened by the critics to Muddy Waters. How did the blues find a home in a boy so young, who grew up in not in Mississippi, and not in Chicago — but in a Massachusetts fishing town? And if he’s just getting started, where’s he going to go? This hour, On Point: Quinn Sullivan: Blues Man, at 15. And Buddy Guy, the teacher.
-- John Donvan
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NPR Weekend Edition: Teacher And Prodigy Play The Blues — "Guitarist Quinn Sullivan has had a number of high profile gigs. He's played at the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks and he's been a guest on the 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno,' 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' Big deal - a lot of rockers can say that, right? Well, here is the kicker - Quinn Sullivan is 15 years old."
Rolling Stone: Quinn Sullivan, 14-Year-Old Blues Prodigy, Impresses the Masters — "Guy regularly gives young players a shot onstage during his shows, but this was different. 'I had to unplug his amplifier to make sure it was him,' Guy marvels now to Rolling Stone about that night. 'I'm like, "There's no way in the world you can play these notes. He was hitting Eric Clapton, he was hitting me, Stevie, Jimi Hendrix. I couldn't even play a radio when I was seven or eight years old! Players like him come along once in a lifetime. I said, 'I need to let the world know about you.''"
NBC Nightly News: Blues Legend Buddy Guy Helps Nurture Music's Next Generation -- "Buddy Guy and one young musician have forged a bond as sweet as a melody."
Watch A Six-Year-Old Quinn Sullivan On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
This program aired on December 10, 2014.
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